When we think of disasters we usually go for the big ones, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, floods, civil unrest and the like.  These disasters are typically low frequency and have the potential for high risk.  While it’s important to plan for these types of disasters, it is more important to look for the high frequency, low impact. 

The following are 5 potential problems your business can face on a daily basis.  In addition to preparing for a quick response to these types of problems the processes and procedures you put in place can become the building blocks to cover the low frequency high impact recovery programs.

Loss of Power – From a downed power line to a transformer station fire, loss of power to your business can cost you revenue, customers,  and reputation.  

Loss of Phones – Phone lines cut, power outage, a “misunderstanding” with your phone service provider can leave you without land line contact to the outside world.  If your IT systems are affected, it can also make you invisible to the world.   

Employee Shortages – What do you do if 1/2 or more of your employees are unable to come to work?  Or what happens if key individuals are unable to come to work?  Be it from a snow storm, illness, or other cause, this can slow down order processing, provide less than ideal customer service or delayed billing.   

Evacuation Planning - It’s important for the safety of your employees and customers to be able to safely and efficiently evacuate the premises. 

IT system crash – This is especially important if your business is dependent on IT to survive.  Power outages, loss of data, system breaches, system hijacking, are just a few of the items that can put you in a loss position.  You will need to look at both the software and hardware.