No matter how bad it seems at the time, your business will go on in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The office could be wrecked, the store destroyed, the inventory ruined, the computers gone but you will move past all of that because you had the foresight to put together essential information and tools that will get your business back on its feet. In addition to the disaster checklist, the following are three essentials to get your business back up and running after a natural disaster.
1. Password Log - If disaster strikes, the business will need to ensure that it can access all the computers. In a worst case scenario where something happens to an employee, the business will still need the information contained in that employee's computer. It is a harsh reality but something that must still be accounted for in your preparedness.
2. Client and Prospect Lists - When the dust settles, the business needs to let its customers know what is happening and to also give any reassurance that may be needed. In addition, you will be able to stay in contact with prospects that may have been in various stages of the sales process. People are generally more forgiving when they are aware of what is happening. Communication is key and having the lists make that possible.
3. Business Activity Guide - In the chaos of a natural disaster, even the most organized businesses have trouble getting tasks completed that, only days before, seemed mundane. A business activity guide will bring structure back to the tasks of a position and in the process, give your employees a road map to getting through a challenging time. In addition, during an emergency it is very likely that not all of your employees will be able to make it back to work right away. Having these guides will ensure that your business has an organized way to make sure that no balls are dropped.