Workplace Safety Business Continuity Workplace Safety

Your business is at risk. Computer crimes, cyber terrorism, physical disasters (theft and vandalism), and natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, power failures) — any of these can cause a complete loss of your operating information: customer names, inventory lists, accounts receivable records, etc.

Forty percent of businesses that experience a disaster never recover and those that do recover often take years to get back to their pre-disaster operating level.

Disaster Recovery Plans are helpful, but those take effect too late. You need a plan that starts before there is a disaster, to ensure that your business not only recovers, but also continues to operate smoothly. 

Business continuity 
Business continuity is the name given to the entire range of procedures, processes, and activities that you can use to ensure that your business keeps operating when the worst happens.  
When you determine which level of security is right for your business, ask yourself the following questions: 
  • What will be the effect on my business of being non-operational?
  • How much will it cost me to be non-operational for an hour? How about a day? A week?
  • How long am I willing to be non-operational?
  • How much will it cost to prevent excessive downtime?

Business continuity plans will differ from organization to organization, depending on the size, needs, and services of those organizations. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes makes for a smoother recovery and less economic impact.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s page on Business Continuity planning to see how your organization can plan for emergencies and improve resiliency.