If you ask any business owner to provide you a list of things they plan for chances are recovering from a disaster is either low on that list or not even on it. Planning to take care of their customers and employees are high on that list. If that is the case, why isn’t disaster recovery planning on that list? After all, a plan to continue the business after something disrupts it actually works hand in hand with taking care of customers and employees.
When the heavy rains hit the Front Range of Colorado no one ever expected the resulting aftermath. Homes and businesses were flooded and roads were washed out. Although some call this a 500 year event there has been previous flooding in the same areas. In the past 37 years parts of the areas that flooded due to the recent rains were also affected by floods. There was the Big Thompson flood of 1976 and the Fort Collins flood of 1997. Although those floods were not of the magnitude of the current floods, they showed what could happen to that area. Some businesses that were either affected by or learned from these previous floods were able to takes steps to put something in place that would allow for them to get their business back up and running as soon as feasibly possible. Those that had no plan in place are left to scratch their heads wondering what they need to do to reopen their business.
Having a disaster preparedness plan for any business, including those located in the Front Range of Colorado, is an insurance policy for your business. Just as with any insurance policy you hope you don’t have to use it but are happy you have one should something happen.
Even if you take the recent flooding out of the picture businesses located in the Front Range of Colorado should plan for the unexpected. With temperatures ranging from freezing in the winter to hot and humid in the summer, they need to be able to adjust the way they do business on the fly. The first show of hesitation can lead to issues they may never recover from.
Businesses can prepare for the unexpected by creating a plan that they can use every day. The plan doesn’t have to be complex. The following questions need to be considered:
- What needs to be completed on a daily basis to be successful at the end of the business day?
- How will this be done?
- What do you need extra to get it done?
- If I can’t do it at my current location is there another location you can do it from?
- Do you know how to reach out to vendors, customers, employees, etc. to let them know if something out of the norm has occurred?
- Do you have alternate vendors to work with if you are unable to work with your primary one?
Just by having a plan answering the above questions will allow for you to move things forward, regardless of what bump in the road your business might hit. The town of Estes Park has executed a plan that is able to help those that live and work in the area, as well as those that want to come visit it. They created a webpage that provides updated flood recovery information for the area. It includes how to get to the area, what events are going on, what businesses are open, as well as community services available.
What Estes Park has done is just an example of what something as simple as having a recovery update page can do in the grand scheme of having a disaster recovery plan. Even if your business may have been affected by the recent floods, it’s not too late to get things in place to help your business now and in the future. Calmly taking the time to look at what you need to do to move your business forward and make actionable plans to execute them is a start. Once this is done you will be able to start checking things off your list and get your business back up and running.
Need help in getting a disaster recovery plan in place? Contact Back On Track Solutions to see how we can help you create a plan specific for your business, ensuring that you’ll be able to better weather whatever roadblocks your business may encounter.