How Fast Could Your Business Recover If a Wildfire Damaged or Consumed It?
Colorado is in the midst of what’s said to be the worst wildfire season since 2002. A wildfire, one of many that started around Jun. 9, had spread to include the Colorado Springs area. By Jun. 24, it had spread across more than six square miles. According to the Associated Press, 248 homes have been destroyed by the eight wildfires that have been burning their way across northern Colorado. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, and a few Colorado Springs hotels have had business come to a temporary standstill because travelers were forced to evacuate. How quickly could your business have recovered from such an event … if it recovered at all?
There’s not much that a hotel executive can do to maintain business continuity when the threat of a wildfire makes it necessary for him to evacuate his primary source of income to a nearby school or shelter. But what about other businesses that have been touched by fire?
What solutions do you already have in place to ensure that your employees will be able to keep working even if they have to work from relatives’ homes or local shelters for a week or more because approaching wildfires forced them to evacuate their own homes?
Business continuity is every bit as important as disaster recovery, if not more so. Things like power outages and server crashes are far more common than wildfires or other natural disasters. So, what steps have you taken to ensure that your business won’t come to a screeching halt if a wildfire consumes your company’s office location or forces you and your employees to work from home?
Things like server virtualization and VoIP telephone systems enable you and your employees to access company files, emails and phone messages from anywhere in the world. Wildfires can do tremendous amounts of damage in a short period of time. Because they move so quickly, particularly during dry spells like the one Colorado is experiencing, people are often evacuated when the fires show signs of heading in a particular direction. With a virtual network established in a location far removed from the one that’s being threatened by wildfires, you and your team would be able to not only continue working as usual but also check on clients and vendors and keep them updated.
Some Colorado Springs residents, about 5,000, have been fortunate. They got to return to their homes because the wildfires changed direction. But those business leaders who don’t have any kind of business continuity plan might want to take heed. Wildfires can erupt at any time. So, don’t wait until your company has been burned to the ground or some other disaster has interfered with your business operations to start thinking about how to keep your company going in the aftermath of a wildfire. By then, it’s too late. The average managed IT services provider offers free or low-cost, no-obligation consultations. Be proactive and get professional advice on how to prepare a business continuity plan for your company.
Disaster can strike at anytime, is your business prepared? Call us today for a no obligation review of your business continuity readiness and tips how you can prepare to avoid disasters for closing your business.
Stephen and Rhonda Macdonald
Guadalupe Hardware Company