Small Business Continuity for Natural and Man-Made Disasters

With a number of destructive natural and man-made calamities occurring almost anywhere around the world, small businesses and enterprising ventures are greatly affected. It takes a lot to build and make a business. So much time, effort and resources are put into making it a productive endeavor. Understanding that a lot is actually at stake when owning a business is seemingly not enough to assert the venturesomely nature of businesses. Furthermore, the cost to operate a business often goes beyond the monetary standards that people often accord these ventures. For sure, business owners and entrepreneurs would undoubtedly agree that it takes so much to maintain and sustain a business – so much that when a natural disaster or calamity strikes, 25% of these businesses do not recover completely from the pits of such a challenge.

The Risky Business

Business owners and entrepreneurs understand that there are risks involve in putting up a business. Often, such risks are overlooked especially when the business is doing well and there are enough reasons to plan for expansion and extending operations to a much bigger market. One risk which owners fail to plan ahead is that about threats brought about by natural and man-made disasters. A good way to recuperate quickly from falling over a destructive calamity is to create a recovery plan from which business continuity is given the much needed priority.

A retail store, for example, can bounce back from this business challenge with the right kind of back-up plan. Such a plan may vary per business depending on the industry and location it belongs to. More importantly, the plan is cut out for the business to enable faster recovery and better (and quicker) resolution to any other issues arising from a catastrophic disaster.

Plan Ahead – A Great Help for the Businesses

Ensuring that there is enough emergency supplies at hand will make recovery a bit faster. With the earlier example, a retail store can still operate right after a disaster with enough stocks and supplies ready.

Here are some more helpful tips:

  • Emergency power supplies must be a vital priority. In most instances, power outages and interruptions can cause slight to major delays and disruptions in the business flow. Stock up emergency power sources such as lights, generators and other motor equipment.
  • You may also want to invest on data back-up for all files and database. Inventory and stock reports as well as accounting and other financial records would need to have back-ups. Keeping one in a removable disc or external hard drive can be a great way to ensure business continuity.
  • Make a disaster and crisis recovery plan. Sure, a crisis or a disaster is something that you would not want to happen to your business. It does pay a lot, however, to make a recovery plan in case it happens. And when it does happen, you would surely know your way out of it and manage your situation well enough to start the business anew or continue and move ahead.
  • Make a planner that will specifically discuss in detail what you must do in order to recover ASAP from whatever disaster. There are helpful tools online which you may also want to take advantage of. They are free anyway, and an emergency plan will always be handy in case something untoward happens – which, by the way, is the nature of these calamities – arriving unannounced and unwanted.
  • It would also be very helpful if you fully understand the risks, hazards and possible threats of your business and your location. Identifying them would mean you know what to expect and plan how to counter ill effects if a possible blow occurs.

When a calamity hits – natural or man-made – it actually hits everything regardless if it is a small, medium or large business entity. This is why addressing concerns pertaining to disaster and risk preparedness must be given great emphasis in any business operation before such thing happens. As the cliché goes, it does always matter to be ready. Planning way ahead of the game is something that all businesses must constantly keep in mind.