Small Business Fire Damage Recovery Plans

By David Touchton
nationaldisasterrecovery.org
www.servprobartowlakelandhighlands.com

If you’re a small business owner, then you should have a disaster recovery plan. Most typical business owners think that they’re safe from disasters. But what if a natural, man-made or technological disaster were to happen and affect your business? Do you realize how much money it would cost for your business to be out service even for a few days? Fire, floods and natural disasters can and do happen every year. Most disasters temporarily cease business operations. The best way to come through a disaster with minimal business effects is to have a plan.

The Information Technology department can be affected by a number of security threats. IT equipment such as laptops, servers, networks and data storage is at risk during a disaster. Data should be backed up each day and stored off-site. Even if you have a cloud server, then your data should be safe. A disaster recovery plan should include safety plans for employees and staff members.

If you're a small business owner, then you should have a disaster recovery plan.
If you’re a small business owner, then you should have a disaster recovery plan.

Small business fire recovery plans should include safe evacuation for everyone in the company. A fire can quickly destroy sensitive data, equipment and office furniture. Everyone in the company needs to know how to get out of the building from their location in a safe manner. The disaster recovery plan should be available for every employee to review. 

A business that has a disaster recovery plan has a much better chance in resuming operations within a few days. It can cost a business a lot of money should disaster strike. A large number of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Think what that would do to your company’s future. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make a disaster plan. Consider holding a disaster recovery meeting on a regular basis. You can discuss new ideas and methods for disaster planning.

A plan will ensure a quick response from emergency personnel to incidents. All employees should know what to do if an emergency or disaster escalates. There are various levels of disasters or emergencies. Some are natural, man-made and intentional, but a plan will help you deal with any of them. 

The loss of technology services means a lack of data sufficient enough to continue business operations. Most companies keep all of their client information on their computers or servers. Key information may be lost if a disaster strikes. Consider several ways your company can deal with an emergency or disaster for planning.

David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.