Disaster Planning:

Every business needs a disaster plan.  The planning process should focus on preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.  Here are some other tips:

– Secure Computers:  when a storm threatens, put computer equipment in waterproof bags or boxes.  Make sure hard drives, software and equipment are stored off the ground at least at desk height.  Back up all computer records and store them offsite.

Put Financial Records in a Safe Place: if you have to evacuate, take a set of financial records with you.  You may need them to apply for disaster assistance.

– Keep Up-to-Date Lists: compile employee’s home telephone numbers, cell numbers and other emergency contact information.  Put together an organized system, such as a phone tree, to check in with everyone after the disaster.

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