However, instead of suspending essential business activities, one company is making the most of the recent floods. Houston-based independent electricity provider AP Gas & Electric (APG&E) used the surge of downpours as an opportunity to test its preparedness for the more considerable storms that are likely to hit in the coming months. By sticking to its predetermined business continuity plan (BCP), APG&E is able to continue providing electricity to its customers, saving the company time and money that would have been lost had it closed down.
If your business is on the coast, follow APG&E’s lead and make sure you’re prepared to minimize downtime in the event of flooding, storm surges, extreme winds and even subsequent tornadoes this hurricane season. Here are a few suggestions to help you start your BCP.
Create a Plan That Addresses the Entire Business
There’s a common misconception that business continuity planning only affects the IT department. In fact, whether you create a business continuity plan (BCP) internally or choose to outsource it, your BCP should involve plans for getting critical processes and departments up and running again.
If you already have a BCP in place, third-party consultants can provide an objective view of your business and make suggestions for your BCP so that your plan is effective when interruptions occur.
Business continuity as a service (BCaaS) uses the expertise of professionals to develop and manage a specific plan tailored to your business’s needs. With a streamlined course of action, your business will be able to remain operational in the event of a disaster.
Prepare Alternate Workspaces
Fully equipped alternate workspaces like Mobile Recovery Centers (MRCs) can be made available within as little as 24-48 hours of a disaster declaration, while fixed-site Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) can be made available within as little as four hours of a declaration. Once the alternate location is set up, your company can begin to successfully restore business operations.
Back up and Recover Your Data
Having access to your data and applications is imperative when disaster strikes. A fully managed and monitored cloud recovery platform will protect your IT infrastructure. With secure data vaulting and recovery, your data will be recoverable on- or off-site within your recovery time objectives.
Hurricane season is upon us, so make sure you take the necessary steps to prepare your business before it’s too late.
To see how another business remained operational during hurricane season, check out this post.