Learning From Hurricane Sandy: Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, businesses are reminded of how important it is to be prepared for a disaster. Knowing what steps to take after your business is affected by a natural disturbance like Sandy is crucial to helping your business recover. You can start by asking yourself the following questions, courtesy of speaker, consultant and author Barry Moltz.

Assess the Damage

  • Have any of your employees been affected by the disaster?
  • Can you find other staff members to remotely replace absent employees?
  • Has your building been damaged?
  • Are the utilities in your facility still connected?
  • What is the state of your computer infrastructure and data?
  • If customer, product or vendor data has been lost, how can it be restored?

Do a Serious Financial Evaluation

  • How much cash does your company have on hand to repair any damage?
  • Have you estimated enough money for a restart?
  • What damage will your insurance cover?
  • How soon will your insurance company pay the claim?
  • Will the insurance claim cover all the damage costs?

Restart in Sequence

  • Is your customer, product and vendor data accessible?
  • Can the data be run on a system compatible with your business’s network?
  • Do you have employees with the necessary skills to restart your business?
  • Have you contacted your vendors to see if they are able to deliver the office technology your business needs within your recovery time frame?

Look for Disaster Assistance

  • Have you sought federal, state, community or relief assistance?
  • Do you have a plan for recovering your business without assistance?

If you found these assessment questions helpful, view the full article from Barry Moltz here.

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