September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme of “Disasters Happen” is especially apt within our industry. At MissionMode, we help businesses and organizations prepare for disasters every day, and the overarching thing we like to make sure people understand is exactly that – disasters happen – and when they do, they don’t care whether or not you were properly prepared for it. They just happen. So, in honor of the national push to make sure individuals are prepared, we want to take it a step further and help businesses understand how these themes apply to their business continuity plans and, quite frankly, their bottom line in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster.
Plans in Place
Disasters don’t plan ahead, but that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. In fact, proper preparation is the one thing you get to take advantage of when it comes to disasters. You can prepare – you can learn from what’s happened in the past, what’s happened to others, and use that information and knowledge to create a plan as close to foolproof as humanly possible. It’s important to note that sometimes planning isn’t about achieving perfection no matter what comes your way. That’s unrealistic and likely to lead to frustration and loss of time and resources when the disaster actually hits. It’s more important to be realistic, to plan for the worst case scenarios, and to look toward quickest possible recovery rather than the most perfect recovery. We have a number of resources available for business continuity managers who may be looking to beef up their plans or do a quick gut check on your plans.
Learn Life-Saving Skills
Are the proper safety features installed in all the necessary places within your business? Is your tech backed with surge protectors and alternate data backup and security in the event of a digital breach or flood? Host a CPR class or a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for your team this month – equip your team with skills and knowledge that could save lives in the event of a natural disaster or business disruption. When skill sets like this are developed, panic is less likely to occur, making it easier to execute BC plans calmly and with greater effectiveness. Make sure you have emergency supplies stocked and ensure employees know where to find them should they be needed.
Get Resources in Order
You’ve probably been encouraged to save money for an emergency fund at home – why shouldn’t the same be true for your business? There should be resources set aside and always at the ready in the event of disaster. Being prepared isn’t just about having a plan, it’s also important to have resources available to immediately divert to getting back to business as usual and responding to the emergency as soon as possible. This is much easier to do when you have a concept of what resources are able to be set aside and saved for these unexpected circumstances.
Understand What “Prepared” Means
Preparation, as we mentioned, goes above and beyond formulating a plan. It also means communicating plans, expectations, and available resources to your entire team. It means practicing your plans in drills as frequently as makes sense. It means knowing that no matter how much you think you’re ready for, there will almost always be an element of surprise, and making sure you have the right tools in place to help you adjust when those surprises come up is invaluable. Being “prepared” is about giving yourself as many advantages as possible in order to recover quickly, ensure the safety of everyone on your team and within your business, and get back to operating as usual without losing detrimental amounts of time and resources.
MissionMode is the trusted leader in providing organizations with an effective and reliable emergency notification and incident management system, specifically designed to handle your organization’s needs from end to end. The MissionMode Notification Center allows our clients to send two-way multimodal notifications to employees during times of crisis. Our Situation Center acts as a virtual command center in times of emergency or during a business disruption, helping our clients to successfully manage the given emergency by enabling your team to be activated in a virtual setting, performing assigned tasks and checklists related to the given incident from onset to resolution.
From incident management to mass notification to interactive field communications, mobile control, integrated weather planning and more, MissionMode’s team of seasoned and certified emergency managers and business continuity practitioners are dedicated to being a reliable partner in your incident management and mass communication needs.