The heat is on – how would your business cope in a disaster?
Yesterday in Sydney we experienced record temperatures for October and extreme bushfire conditions in NSW. Over the last 5 years natural disasters around Australia (Black Saturday, Cyclone Yasi, the Queensland floods) have claimed more than 200 lives and directly affected hundreds and thousands of people.
Deloitte Access Economics estimated the total economic cost of natural disasters in 2012 to be more than $6 billion. These costs are expected to double by 2030.
It goes without saying that the environment we operate in is changing and it’s more likely year on year that your business could be affected by fire, floods or other events.
Picture this, there’s a major fire in your building, your server room is flooded, what happens next?
How to make sure your business can cope in a disaster
1. Access any information you need as quickly as possible
Make sure all your information is backed up, always. Have a system in place and someone responsible for reporting and verifying that backups are being done. Ensure that backups are stored somewhere else other than your premises.
The best option is to use remote backups, also called offsite backups, online backups, or managed backups. This service allows you to maintain a secure copy of your data in a different location than your office.
2. Ensure users in your business can access information and communicate if they can’t get into their workplace
Have a system in place so that workers can work virtually, quickly, from wherever they are. For example this could be ensuring that backed-up data can be easily accessed and transferred to a cloud-based backup system or other alternative off-site solution.
3. Have a backup system for clients, customers, suppliers or staff trying to contact you
Arrange for calls to be automatically routed elsewhere. Identify the place and who the person is that answers that phone.
4. Know where your people will work from
If your staff can’t work from home have an alternative premises arranged that can easily be “switched on”.
It might all seem like a lot of effort and expense to go to for something that might or might not happen. What’s certain is that the likelihood is rising.
The cost is likely to be far greater if you couldn’t trade for 2 months. Could you afford to keep your staff or keep the doors open? Disaster recovery is a worthy, and more and more an essential investment.