Having a Disaster Recovery Plan
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many organizations to review their plans for handling various types of emergencies. Being prepared for any type of natural or man-made disaster can ultimately save your business.
Here are some ideas to consider for handling business needs in an emergency:
Keep a supply of your usual office supplies off-site in case you can't reach your business location. This includes stationery, envelopes, business cards and frequently used brochures.
Keep a file of contacts, phone numbers and email addresses off-site. Backing up your contact management software files can be easily handled. Using a hand held device makes this easy and convenient. In an emergency, being able to contact employees, vendors and customers is critical. Be sure to include pager and cell phone numbers.
Be sure to have a plan on how to contact critical parties. Specific people should be assigned to handle specific contacts - employees, vendors, customers and others. You may also want to have a designated media contact. In the confusion of a disaster, it is critical that accurate and consistent information is made available, preferably from a single source.
A well thought-out plan and remaining calm are some of the key ingredients for dealing with an emergency. Make sure you and your business are ready for whatever the future holds. Part of our commitment to you is keeping your financial information safe and secure. Explore how we are working to keep your information private and confidential by visiting our Security Center.
These opinions are those of its author and not Provident Bank. You should consult a professional regarding your specific business needs.