As a business owner, the last thing you need is disastrous weather wreaking havoc on your property. If you don’t feel like you’re prepared for such an event, ServiceMaster of Baltimore can help you create a contingency plan. This plan can help protect you in the event that your business suffers the effects of things like hurricanes, winter storms and other natural disasters.
What is a Contingency Plan?
One of the best things you can do as a business owner is create a backup plan in case disaster strikes. We never know what life will throw our way. That’s why a contingency plan is critical. These plans consist of a course of action developed to mitigate any kind of damage that can occur from unexpected and unpredictable circumstances. And it seems like nothing is more unpredictable than the weather. A contingency plan helps ensure that your business will continue to run smoothly after an unexpected weather event.
Secure Your Data
Being in the digital age, just about everything is stored on computers. That’s why it’s imperative to include data backup in your contingency plan. This may mean using cloud storage or a physical hard drive. Storage backup should be completed frequently. Depending on your business, or your comfortability, you can backup data as often as every day. It’s not recommended to go longer than a month without doing so.
Your business’s contingency plan should not only clarify how often you backup data, but in what ways. Loss of power, fires, and floods can easily destroy computers and electronics, which is why it’s important to secure your data in multiple ways.
Share and Test Your Plan
So you’ve created a contingency plan, now what? The next step is to share it with everyone in your organization, and ensure they understand how to implement it. Once everyone has a copy, it’s important to conduct exercises regularly to practice the effectiveness of your plan. And remember, contingency plans are made to be revised. These exercises will help expose any possible weaknesses to see what areas need improvements. Making your contingency plan a regular training activity will ensure contingency of operation in challenging environments.
Know Who to Call When Disaster Strikes
Even though your business now has a contingency plan in place, it can be difficult to gauge just how much damage it could suffer. That’s why part of your plan should include who to call for restoration if it’s needed. Our technicians are experienced with helping clients get their companies back up and running should they suffer damage from a disaster. Give us a call today at 410-780-1700 for more information on how we can help.