Don’t Let a Catastrophe Put You Out of Business. Plan for the Worst before Disaster Strikes.
Most of us do a pretty good job of planning for life’s everyday needs – making sure we leave for work on time to avoid congestion, purchasing milk so we don’t run out, and staying current with bills and payments to keep the lights on.
It’s the unexpected possibilities that throw us. The unforeseen dangers that we’d rather keep unforeseen – the storms, power outages, data hacks and major disasters that endanger our lives and livelihoods.
Even though we know it is in our best interests to plan for the worst, we seldom do. Often because we don’t know where to start.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is ready to help. Its website is chock full of tips to help individuals and business owners before, during and after a disaster.
For small business owners, there a special toolkit, offering templates, training and other exercises to help with everything from creating a preparedness plan to assessing the different types of disasters that could occur.
Here are just a few of the tools available:
- Business Continuity Plan Template to help business owners develop recovery strategies in the event of a disaster
- Disaster Planning Checklists to walk you through the planning process for all types of emergencies
- Emergency Response Plan Template to help you develop plans for protecting people, property and the environment – including when to evacuate, shelter in place or lockdown
Disaster preparedness is an important part of the business planning process. At TSYS Merchant SolutionsSM, our disaster readiness includes maintaining redundant processing systems. These systems are located in different areas of the country to ensure our customers’ payments are safely handled in the event of a problem at any of our processing locations.
While preparations vary from business to business, taking the time to pull together a plan can help you recover faster and preserve your business in case the worst happens. By taking preventative steps now, you can anticipate the unexpected.