Recently I had the opportunity to attend a presentation to help businesses in the hospitality field create a business continuity plan. There was no cost to the attendees and a template, as well as additional supplemental information, was being provided to create a basic plan. There were 15 people signed up for this presentation but only three showed up. It made we wonder, “Why would someone pass up the opportunity to obtain FREE assistance for their business?”
Unfortunately, too many business owners don’t consider business continuity and disaster recovery planning a priority. To them the time spent creating a plan far outweighs the costs incurred not servicing their customers. That is the wrong approach to have. If a business is affected by a disaster or disruption there is a major probability that they will not be able to service their customers if there is no previous plan in place. Just having documentation showing what steps need to be followed for a specific business function will benefit the business should adversity strike.
So far in 2013 businesses have been affected by the likes of nor’easters derechos, flooding, tornados, tropical storms, wildfires and explosions. Those that had a plan in place were able to get themselves up and running as soon as possible after the disruption. Many of those that didn’t are treading through the unknown, hoping to get their business reopened before the costs become too high.
Any business, big or small, needs to reevaluate what they consider a priority when it comes to cost saving measures. What they might consider a cost savings now can result in expenditures that can close a business in the future. As a start, any business can go to the website Ready Business, provided by FEMA. This site is a good starting point in gathering information necessary to create a plan.
Need help in taking the next step in creating a preparedness plan? Contact Back On Track Solutions to see how we can help you create a workable plan just for your business.
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