Are you Prepared if Disaster Strikes?
According to the Insurance Information Institute, as many as 40% of businesses forced to suspend operations due to a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen their doors.
Try to imagine the challenges and struggles your business would face in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. It’s scary to even consider. Now here’s something even scarier: A relatively minor fire or flood that forces you to shut down operations carries many of the same challenges as a disaster on the scale of Katrina or Sandy.
Your commercial property insurance policy would help you rebuild your physical infrastructure, but are you equipped to deal with lost revenue and mounting expenses while you work to restore operations?
Planning for the worst
The difference between surviving a business interruption and going belly-up often hinges on one factor—preparation.
The best way to prevent a disaster from putting the future of your business at risk is to have a proper continuity plan in place.
Business continuity planning involves:
- Defining potential risks
- Determining how those risks will affect operations
- Implementing safeguards and procedures designed to mitigate those risks
- Testing those procedures to ensure that they work
- Periodically reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date
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Contact Patrick Darcey CIC regarding a plan to protect your business in the event of a natural disaster. He can be reached at 401-671-6355 firstname.lastname@example.org.