September 2021 is Emergency Preparedness Month, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to promote awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and disasters that can occur at any moment in time. The theme for this year’s Preparedness Month is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
As severe weather events continue to affect communities across the country, updating your disaster preparedness plans is a must. Visit Ready.gov for step-by-step instructions on creating a plan to protect yourself and your family in case of disaster.
You may already have a solid plan in place to ensure the safety of your loved ones. But remember, emergencies can also have disastrous impacts on your business if you are not well-prepared.
Every organization should implement a continuity plan. According to Ready.gov, the development of a business continuity plan includes 4 crucial steps:
- “Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and the resources that support them.
- Identify, document, and implement to recover critical business functions and processes.
- Organize a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business disruption.
- Conduct training for the business continuity team and testing and exercises to evaluate recovery strategies and the plan.
Information technology (IT) includes many components such as networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers and wireless devices. The ability to run both office productivity and enterprise software is critical. Therefore, recovery strategies for information technology should be developed so technology can be restored in time to meet the needs of the business. Manual workarounds should be part of the IT plan so business can continue while computer systems are being restored.” Ready.gov source