Protecting Your Business From Mother Nature
By Features Desk
Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Mother nature can be a cruel entity. She causes tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, and a variety of other natural disasters that can kill and seriously injure us human beings. Mother nature is indifferent. She doesn’t provide for just the humans of the world, but also animals and the earth itself, which is why every living thing on earth has to take shelter from her wrath.
No matter where your business is, it’s important that you take steps to protect your it from everything that mother nature can throw at you, and here are just a few ways to protect your home and ensure you live a safe life.
Protect from region-specific disasters
Depending on where you live, you might suffer from a number of different natural disasters. For instance, if you live in Texas, then encountering hail isn’t uncommon and if you live in California, you’re probably no stranger to earthquakes. To protect yourself, first make sure that you are insured so that if these disasters do occur, you can claim compensation and save your business. For example, you could look at commercial hail damage specialists and insurance claims if you live in a hail-prone area, and you can search for earthquake damage specialists if you live in an earthquake-prone area. You should also take basic steps to protect the physical location of your property and also teach your staff basic safety procedures in the event a natural disaster happens.
That’s about all you can do to ensure the physical safety of your business. Next, you need to think about continuity. Being able to work remotely is a fantastic way to make sure your business remains operational even through a natural disaster. You can often do this by equipping your employees with laptops and smart devices and using cloud services in order to work remotely. All they really need is an internet connection and a device that can connect to the internet and they’ll be ready to work from the comfort of their own home. Even after a natural disaster passes, there will be long-term damage to your office and perhaps even your equipment, so you should seriously consider ways to protect your business continuity and switch to working remotely.
Keep data backed up
When natural disasters occur, the first thing you want to think about is the safety of you and your employees. Next, you want to focus on the safety of your business critical data and services. Make sure you are using cloud storage or off-site backup solutions if you are in an area which is prone to electrical outages and other incidents that could negatively affect your business. The last thing you want is for your hard drives to sustain physical damage that could corrupt or even wipe data from the drives. You might lose customer information, you might lose your latest work and it could put you out of business. Cloud services are cheap, plentiful, and the preferred option because it also allows you to work remotely. However, if you’re concerned about security, then an off-site backup solution will work better.