There are risks to every business that could interfere with operations, or even put them out of business. Fire is the most common, as is weather, such as we are witnessing after Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf states. I recently made a presentation to the Charleston Digital Corridor that is a good introduction to preparing a plan for a business. The presentation, as is my “trademark”, includes links to excellent online resources.
I’ve always had an interest in business disaster and continuity planning, dating back to my teenage years when I was an EMT (remember those?) with my hometown volunteer ambulance corps. Shortly after 9-11, I wrote an article for our local Business Journal on disaster preparations, and have an added a section in my book, Medical Practice Business Plan Workbook.
A fire or severe weather (hurricane, tornado) are the biggest risks to medical practices. I have seen practices almost crippled by fire, placing notices in the newspaper asking patients to call in (they had no idea who their patients were!) and scrambling for a place to see patients.
Look through the presentation. I am always happy to answer any questions anyone may have – just email me through the link here.