How to Survive the Longest Day of the Year

businessman checking off boxesThe summer solstice is commonly known as the longest day of the year, but for many businesses, there's another one: the day a disaster strikes.

Disasters can make normal days seem never-ending, especially if you're unprepared. To keep disaster days from feeling endless, make sure you're prepared to handle whatever may come your way. Follow these tips to start preparing.

Plan Ahead

If you don't have a business continuity plan, you could waste valuable time and effort rushing to recover when a disaster hits. Make sure you create a business continuity and disaster recovery plan before the need arises, so you'll be prepared for any disaster that hits your business.

Working with a team of experts will help ensure that nothing is left out of your recovery plan. After you've created your plan, make sure you test it regularly (one to two times a year) to ensure that recovery and continuity efforts will flow smoothly during a crisis.

Embrace the Cloud

It's nearly impossible to resume work after a disaster when customer and company information are inaccessible. To combat this problem, consider investing in cloud services.

Cloud vaulting and recovery allows you to continue business as usual during a disaster because your company data can be accessed from any location as long as there's Internet access. Remaining operational during a disaster can build your reputation for reliability and earn your customers' trust.

Designate an Alternate Workspace

When a disaster strikes, you won't want to scramble to find a place to continue your business operations. Instead, incorporate an alternate workspace into your business continuity plan ahead of time. There are several options for this, including work-from-home strategies, fixed-site workspaces and mobile workspaces.

Working from home after a disaster can be convenient, but it comes with its own set of challenges. For example, the additional network traffic volume can cause hiccups in uptime at best and a system outage at worst. Logistical issues may be overcome after testing a few times, but a better option might be a fully operational fixed-site workspace.

Moving your operations to a fixed-site workspace is a good solution if employees live nearby or can temporarily relocate. If there isn't a fixed-site location nearby, a mobile facility may be a better solution.

mobile workspace in front of office buildingOne of the advantages of mobile workspaces is that they can be placed at any location you specify, which allows your employees to stay close to home.

For more tips on preparing your business for a disaster, download our disaster preparedness checklists.

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