One of the defining features of an emergency is that it can happen at any time. Preparedness should not be about readying your business for a specific future event, but should be about readying your business for anything that can happen. Of course this is only possible to an extent, but is the logic behind business continuity planning (BCP.) Essentially, BCP is the discipline of preparing businesses to be able to survive emergency, and perhaps most importantly to recover their business in an expedient and holistic manner.
At the most basic level, the quality of your recovery will be defined by your personnel, and their reaction to emergency. It’s key that your employees have clearly defined roles to play in the recovery of your business , and this should be strengthened by a detailed strategic plan including role allocation.
Data recovery is also key. Many It support companies offer data storage and recovery services, as well as business continuity consulting. Just like with your home computer, restore points can be established and your systems set to a pre-emergency state.
A disaster could also affect your connectivity. This connectivity can be salvaged by migrating phone lines and data lines. Allowing your business to maintain connectivity, even if the original channels of communication are down.
Continuity consulting is about enabling your business to continue, whatever the emergency. After surviving an emergency, you’re business can bounce back stronger than ever.