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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