Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning
Every year emergencies take their toll on business and industry in terms of lives and dollars. But something can be done. Businesses of all sizes can limit injury and damage and return more quickly to normal operations if they plan ahead. Preparedness works.
While the importance of emergency planning may seem self-evident, the urgency of the task is often blunted by the immediate demands of the workplace.
We all recognize that disaster can strike anywhere, at any time. The business mentor must convey that emergency planning is an integral part of any successful business plan.
When convincing people of the need for emergency preparedness, too much emphasis is placed on dramatic, worst-case scenarios — as if these were the only possible disasters that might occur.
Whenever possible, use local examples to “bring home” the lessons of preparedness. Emphasize the value of taking broad, commonsense protective measures, which can help a business respond to unanticipated emergencies of any kind.
Often, the more positive aspects of everyday preparedness are overlooked. Consider these practical benefits that can strengthen a business regardless of where it is located or what level of risk it may face:
Preparedness enhances a company's ability to recover from financial losses, loss of market share, damages to equipment or products, and business interruption.
Preparedness facilitates compliance with regulatory safety requirements of federal, state and local agencies.
Preparedness helps companies fulfill their responsibility to protect employees, the community and the environment.
Preparedness bolsters a company's security and enhances its credibility with employees, customers, suppliers and the community.
Preparedness steps taken by business owners and operators may help reduce insurance costs.
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