Luck and planning
“I feel lucky,” a Connecticut-based business friend told me following Hurricane Sandy. “I have electricity and a roof, unlike the businesses on either side of me.”
Sometimes, it is just about luck, but it’s also good to have a disaster recovery plan in place for your company. In the case of my friend, Tom, the potential for long-term power outages and order drop-off during Sandy was visceral, as his entire company is VoIP and cell-phone based. So, he called his phone provider for a back-up plan. Within hours, his phone service was connected to a 4G network box, allowing him to maintain contact with his employees and anxious tri-state area customers when the power went out.
As the luckier homeowners and businesses start to rebuild, our poll question of the week is: Do you have a disaster recovery plan for your business? Email me or post a comment about your experiences, post-Sandy or otherwise.
SURVEY RESULTS AS OF NOVEMBER 12:
Do you have a disaster recovery plan for your company?
Yes, we have a solid disaster recovery plan for our business.
No, we do not have a plan, but plan to create one very soon.
Yes, we had a plan, but not for this type of disaster and need to update.