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Is your office ready if disaster strikes?

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Imagine that you wake up tomorrow to find out your company’s offices have been destroyed by a fire, flood or some other disaster. Would you know what to do next?

Despite the number of serious disasters that have occurred in last decade, Steven Lewis, editor of the Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages, says many companies are not prepared.

Here are some suggestions:

Review your company’s existing disaster plan. If it has been some time since you have read it, go get it and review. Note any aspects of the plan that you don’t understand or that seem weak. If your company has not developed a disaster plan, suggest that one be developed and offer to do some of the research yourself.

Review other companies’ disaster plans. Take a look at some other related companies’ plans for when disaster strikes.

Develop a plan that pertains to only your job. While someone else might be able to develop a general plan, no one will know better how a disaster will affect your work. Using your company’s general plan as guidance, write down your main priorities and responsibilities for your job should a disaster take place.

Take steps to safeguard your essential data and information. If you had to rebuild your job-related resources from the ground up, what would you need to get started? Consider duplicating that database and storing that information in a safe place off site.

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