By Helleni Moon
Your business is at risk of disaster every day. From fires and floods to earthquakes and hurricanes, natural disasters strike businesses every day. No matter how busy you are, the best time to prepare for a disaster is now. Here are some tips to get you started.
Backing up your data is certainly important, but if your backups are local, your data is at risk. Whether you rely on tape backups, external hard drives, thumb drives or a combination of local strategies, a disaster could wipe out not only your servers, but your backups as well. For this reason, it is important for businesses to invest in offsite storage solutions. There are many cloud storage and online backup services available, making it easy to choose the right solution for your business needs.
You do not have to be near the water to be at risk from flooding. Even if your business is not located in a flood plain, it is important to take some common-sense precautions. From waterproofing the basement to maintaining proper flood insurance, it is important to protect yourself as much as possible. And if your business is in a flood plain, implementing an offsite backup solution is even more critical.
Business owners need to prepare for the worst even as they hope for the best, and that means having a comprehensive disaster response plan in place. Establishing a disaster response plan will make it easier to stay open and serve customers as you start to pick up the pieces and put your business, and your life, back together. Your employees should know whom to call and where to go should disaster strike, and thus, clearly communicating this information is important.
No business owner wants to think about a disaster, but being prepared will give you peace of mind. Preparing yourself and your employees for the worst is a critical aspect of running your business.
Helleni Moon is the owner of EIDOS Technologies (eidos-technologies.com), which is headquartered in Manassas. Helleni is a lifelong resident of the DMV area: raised in Potomac, Maryland, educated at American University, she currently resides in Woodbridge.