Guest post from Jim Satterfield, President, Chief Operating Officer and Founder of Firestorm, a national leader in crisis management, vulnerability analysis/threat assessment, and business continuity. Firestorm’s Predict; Plan; and Perform process leverages next-generation consulting services, tools and software creating resilient organizations.
Most businesses think they can survive a disruption or crisis, until one occurs. The time to test preparedness and resiliency is before something happens. The Red Cross identifies over 70,000 US disasters annually in the U.S. FEMA and the US Department of Labor have identified that 40% of businesses struck by disaster never reopen, and 25% of those that do reopen fail within two years.
Almost all disasters and crises are preceded by warning signals. Acknowledging these signals and developing a framework for a business continuity program and developing plans to manage the events and the steps to follow should something happens, dramatically improves the outcome. Proper disaster planning requires that an organization Predict the vulnerability, Plan the response, and Perform when the event occurs.
This free webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center is available for on-demand replay and my colleague and I will offer tips to help prepare your business in the event of a sudden disruption.
We’ll give you steps to help you create a plan to respond to any incident or event that threatens to disrupt the day-to-day operations of your company, threatens the safety of employees, or impacts the reputation of the company, requires the coordination of efforts across multiple disciplines, including:
So, is your business prepared for a disaster?
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