September is National Preparedness Month
The month of September marks National Preparedness Month. This month-long initiative encourages both families and businesses to “Be Ready” (www.ready.gov) and prepare for the worst types of disasters, be those natural or man-made. If you are a business owner, this is the perfect time to begin taking a serious look at your business, and evaluate just where things would stand if a disaster were to strike.
Here are a few good questions that you could ask yourself:
1) What would happen to my operations if a disaster were to strike my physical location? What types of business data would be lost? How would this impact myself, my customers, and my employees?
2) Have I put significant thought into disaster recovery or continuity planning for my business, should the worst happen?
3) I feel that I really do need to begin planning for disaster recovery for my business, but where do I start?
These are questions that we hear from clients all the time, and the good news is that it’s never too late to begin disaster recovery planning for your business! All of us here at Data Cave are highly experienced in this arena, and we can help guide you through this process of planning for the worst.
If you know that this process is something you need to engage in for your business, the following 2 steps will help to get you started:
1) Begin to take inventory of all the different types of “data” that your business collects and works with on a regular basis. It should include any information on your customers, tax and accounting information, and everything in between. As you are going through this process, ask yourself: “Out of all this data that my company has, which data can I absolutely NOT afford to lose?” We recently wrote a separate blog post about this very topic, that should help you even further.
2) Evaluate your business’ physical location. The goal here is to do an honest assessment of the structure itself, and determine exactly how secure it would be against several disasters such as fire, flooding, or a tornado. This process should help give you a more tangible view of just how your business location would fare should a disaster occur.
Going through these 2 different processes will help inform you on what your business’ most critical data includes, as well as give you knowledge on whether or not your main location is well suited to house that data. Once you know these pieces of information, the decision to move forward with a disaster recovery plan can be made much more easily.
National Preparedness Month serves as a great reminder to begin taking the steps to ensure that your business can survive any type of disaster, and all of us here at Data Cave are here to help you in any way we can, regardless of where you may be in this process. If you would like any further information, or to discuss this further, please leave a comment or Contact Us. We’d love to hear from you!
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