After the Flood

I’m sure we were all moved by the recent footage of the devastating floods which hit the North.  Many businesses were affected repeatedly whilst trying to get up and running again.

Of course not all businesses are at risk of being flooded, but there are many unexpected occurrences that can lead to a total disruption in operations.  A fire on your own or neighbouring premises, a power cut, a chemical spillage or crime scene can all lead to an evacuation of your premises and an inability to trade.

This highlights a very real need for all businesses to have a robust Disaster Recovery Plan in place.  This is a formal document that businesses create to help them deal with an emergency situation.  It is a useful tool that ensures that responsibilities are shared around the team and everyone knows what is required of them when things go wrong.

Considerations you may not have thought of when creating your DRP:

  • Is your data safe and backed up remotely?
  • Are you able to access your telephone system and emails remotely so that your staff can work from home?
  • Is there a communication plan in place; how will you inform customers, suppliers, investors, employees and the media?
  • If you are a manufacturer, how will you prioritise resources and assess risks associated with each resource?

Once you have set up temporary operations you can then begin to reinstate your company to its normal working conditions.  Many companies underestimate exactly how long this will take and the increased cost of working in this interim period.  We can help you to fully assess the potential risks you face and the associated costs, and arrange protection to suit.

Contact us today and talk to one of our experts about how to prepare your business for the unexpected.

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