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Is your workforce ready for a disaster?

As hurricane and flu season kick into high gear, small businesses are being warned to take a look at their disaster planning.

Is the plan good enough to keep the organization going in case of a fire or flood? What would happen if 10 or 15% of the company employees were hit with the flu and called in sick?

The Small Business Administration warns that being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. An estimated 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

How can companies avoid that fate? HR and IT need to work together to come up with a disaster plan.

Ensuring computer back up, making sure employees can either work remotely using VPN connections or accessing company servers, creating an emergency contact method via instant message or texting can make business continuity go much more smoothly.

The SBA offers a guide to small businesses for creating a efficient, effective disaster plan. Visit their Web site to get started. Click here.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder, however, hurricane season is almost over for the Atlantic, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. But, flu season is coming.

  2. I have crossed trained my staff, and the shop employee are all crossed trained, even the fork lift drivers can do welding, and customer service are qualified to do shop production, shipping, painting, making kits. When four people is 25% of the work force it is necessary for everyone to be cross trained. I have found it to be helpful to cross train even with out being in a emergency, I have found that the company is more produtive when everyone knows all the various work operations.

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