Office Depot, in a survey, discovered that what it terms a “startling” number (40 percent) of small businesses are unprepared for a disaster — hurricane, tornado, wildfire or computer virus.
Most of the businesses surveyed have no plans to make a plan.
Office Depot executive Tom Serio makes the point that a one dollar piece of media, such as a CD-R, for storing data such as contact information “could make a big difference in being able to keep your business running.” And, he says, “It only takes minutes to back up your data on a regular basis.”
Good point. If a tornado blew away your store, would you lose all the contact information for your customers, your vendors, your colleagues, your suppliers? Could you even call your insurance representative and give him or her your account number?
I think the Office Depot survey brings up a great idea, and that is to sit down with yourself or your officers and talk about this. Back up your data. Make a plan for what to do in case of disaster.
To get you started, Office Depot is joining with technology and data storage expert Jon Toigo to compile a free downloadable brochure, “Expecting the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness Strategies for Small Business.” Find it at www.officedepot.com/getprepared.
Do it now.