商业continuity planning is one of the most critical components of any recovery strategy. Unfortunately, not every company develops a continuity plan. Here are a few misconceptions and realities about business continuity planning.
Misconception #1: "Our people will know what to do in an emergency."
Even the best employees cannot be expected to know what to do when disaster strikes. Leaving each to respond in his or her own way only adds to the confusion of an event. Having a well-documented business continuity plan in advance, and training your employees to follow it, gets everyone on the same page — helping to ensure an organized, safe and timely recovery.
Insurance alone is NOT a business continuity strategy. Proper coverage is a significant and important part of the plan. But it may not fully cover some of the peripheral damages from an event, like loss of customers, loss of market share, or setbacks in development or release of a new product. Consult with your insurance agent to understand what is and is not covered under your policy.
Time spent developing and maintaining a business continuity plan is an investment in your company. Your fixed costs will continue after an event, whether or not you are open for business. The faster you can return your operations to normal, the more likely you will recover from the event successfully. With so much at stake, your company cannot afford to NOT have a plan.
Misconception #4: "Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are the same."
From Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 to the tornadoes in Oklahoma, companies that proactively consider how to respond to events are the first to get back to business, often at the expense of competitors. A predefined business continuity plan combined with the proper insurance coverage, maximizes the chance of a successful recovery by eliminating hasty decision-making under stressful conditions. It details how to get businesses back on track after a disruption – in the most thoughtful way possible.
Think Your Business Can Withstand a Disaster? Think Again
Twenty-five percent of businesses do not reopen following a major event.¹ It does not take a major catastrophe to shut down a business. In fact, seemingly minor disruptions compared to widespread natural disasters can often cause significant damage — power failures, broken water pipes, or loss of computer data.
- Is it predominately an emergency response or evacuation plan?
- Is it something you developed that sits in a binder on a shelf?
Natural Disasters Becoming More Common — and Costly
2012年，受旅客调查的48％令人震惊的企业主说，他们没有计划。这意味着业务连续性规划不仅仅是智能业务 - 它可以帮助您的公司保持更好的位置，从业务中断，财产损失，财务影响和自然灾害或人造事件可能造成的生命损失中恢复过来。
计划中断或灾难性事件时，应在业务进展顺利时发生，而不是灾难袭来。拥有预定的，有据可查的业务连续性计划，该计划清楚地传达了您的业务在活动期间的反应可以帮助降低风险 - 并且是您公司可以进行的最佳投资之一。
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