Every business owner should have a disaster plan. Depending on where you are, you may be vulnerable to tornadoes, seasonal flooding, earthquakes, or hurricanes. Everyone, however, might face severe thunderstorms or burst pipes. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, we have helped many local business get back up and running after a disaster. It’s important to have a disaster plan in place. You have customers and employees counting on you, so you need to make sure that you are ready to get back to work as soon as possible.
Create An Emergency File
Every business should have an emergency file. You can use a physical file or electronic documents stored in the cloud, depending on your unique needs. Make sure that you include:
- Incorporation Documents
- Any Documents Related to Past or Present Litigation
- Lease and Rental Agreements
- Customer and Employee Contracts
- Personnel Records
- Product or Service Descriptions
- Financial Records, Including Bank Account Numbers and Customer Accounts
- Outstanding Orders from Customers
- Lists of Equipment in Your Business, Including Photographs and Serial or Model Numbers
Make Your Business Portable
If you have a manufacturing business or retail store, then you may not be able to fully function from another location. However, even if you depend on your physical facility for daily operations, you should be able to move some of your business off site until things are back up and running. A good internet connection, a laptop, and a cell phone mean that you will be able to connect with your customers from anywhere.
Take Advantage of Technology
Every business relies on data – contact information for customers or suppliers, financial records, inventories, product orders. A physical backup disk can be lost or destroyed in the event of a disaster. If your computers are damaged, internal backups might not be retrievable. Cloud storage for business files means that you can work from anywhere. You don’t need to be concerned about information being lost.
Scout Back Up Offices
Many business owners are able to work from home in the aftermath of a disaster. If that isn’t an option for you, then you will need to find a temporary office space. Before disaster strikes, get familiar with a few options in your area. Have several in mind in case your first choice is damaged. It’s a good idea to have a few options that aren’t too close to your normal place of business. Find out the rental cost as well as what equipment and services are available so that you don’t have to make a decision in a hurry.
Hopefully, your business will never be interrupted by a serious disaster. If it is, however, the team at LaPointe Construction Board Up Service is ready to help you get things back on track. When you call on us, you will see why we have been one of the area’s most trusted businesses for over 50 years. Give us a call at 978-447-5991 and see how we can help you prepare before disaster strikes.