Is Your Business Disaster-proof?

Some simple tips to help protect your business from natural disasters and other emergencies

No business owner likes to contemplate natural disasters and what they might mean for the future of their business, but now that hurricane season has officially begun, we at ITonCommand thought it would be a good time to talk about this important subject. According to a "Disaster Preparedness" survey released by Office Depot, 71% of businesses don't have a disaster plan in place. The importance of a disaster recovery plan extends beyond gale-force winds and driving rain. What about other hazards, such as fire, flood, and even terrorism?

What would happen to your business if disaster were to strike tomorrow?

We’ve put together a few simple steps to help you prepare for the worst and protect your business during hurricane season and against other havoc-wreaking hazards that could threaten your operations.

How important is it to have a disaster recovery/business continuity plan?

Consider these statistics:

  • 40% of all small-to-medium-sized businesses will go out of business if they cannot get to their data in the first 24 hours after a crisis. –Gartner

  • 43% of companies never resume business following a major fire. Another 35% are out of business within 3 years. –U.S. National Fire Protection Agency

  • 93% of companies that had trouble restoring their data after a disaster are out of business within 18 months. –HP

  • More than one in four businesses will experience a significant crisis in any given year. --The Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Don’t let your business be a statistic. Knowing the dangers that threaten your business and implementing the right tools, technology, and disaster recovery/business continuity plans may save your employees and your business someday.

Disasters come in all forms. First, identify the hazards your business is most likely to face and prepare accordingly.

  • Fire

  • Flood

  • Hurricane

  • Tornado

  • Earthquake

  • TerrorismCivil disturbance

  • Hazardous materials - tanker and rail spills, chemical plant accidents

Next, focus on the safety of your employees.

  • Create a contact list for easy communications in case of emergency.

  • Establish an emergency plan for guidance on how to cover different scenarios.

  • Implement a phone tree or other appropriate means of communicating.

  • Ensure your office is equipped to handle employees who may be trapped inside. Have a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, blankets, and a supply of non-perishable food items.

What can you do to keep your business operating in the event your facility/office were closed for several days, damaged, or even completely destroyed? Ask yourself these important questions and build a disaster recovery/business continuity plan:

  • Do you have the technology in place that will allow your employees to work from remote locations?

  • What if your servers are damaged or destroyed?

  • Do you have backup copies of all essential records including accounting, employee data, customer lists, inventory, and key contact information and passwords?

  • Do you have a backup copy of your basic operating system, boot files, and critical software?

  • Do you have all of your backups stored in a safe off-site location

  • Do you have adequate insurance to replace your network equipment

  • How long would it take you to replace your network equipment and get your company back up and running?

*Only 11 percent of businesses maintain backup copies at an off-site location. And 18 percent don't make backup copies at all.

If you're a small-to-medium-sized business with limited I.T. expertise and resources, how can you implement an effective disaster recovery/business continuity plan? Call ITonCommand and learn about our built-in disaster recovery/business continuity plan that includes:

  • Hosting and management of all your business-critical software.

  • Off-site servers located in state-of-the-art data center facilities, manned 24/7/365 by expert IT staff. You won't have any infrastructural hardware to maintain or replace. All of your corporate data and applications will be safely stored on our servers.

  • Daily backups. You'll never have to perform network backups again. ITonCommand backs up your data and applications daily.

  • Remote access to your entire corporate network--not just email. Your employees will be able to login to their office desktops from any Internet connection and have access to all of their corporate data and applications including email, corporate folders and directories, and all of your business software.

  • Freedom to focus on protecting your employees and serving your customers. ITonCommand takes care of your IT so you can take care of your business.

Run Your Business, Not Your Network! Even when disaster strikes.

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