First and foremost I would like to say I am keeping all families, friends, bystanders, runners and all others affected by yesterday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, in my thoughts. I am deeply saddened by these events. This tragedy really hit home, as I’m sure it did for many others.
My sister works on Boylston street, about a block down from the first explosion. After finally getting a hold of her, I found out she decided to work from home on Marathon day (huge sigh of relief). She was upset as some of her co-workers were unaccounted for. This is normally a bustling area of the city, so you can imagine what it was like yesterday. Luckily she found out all her co-workers were safe and in lock-down at the office.
I would like to stress the importance of having a disaster recovery plan. This is important for the sustainability of your business, but much more importantly to confirm the safety of your employees. Invest your time and money in a disaster recovery plan, create an action plan and update it often.
ACTION PLAN CHECKLIST
- Make sure you have up-to-date contact information for all employees as well as their emergency contacts – keep copies at work and home.
- Create a plan so that you and your employees can get a hold of each other if phone lines and cell phones are down
- Do you have a meeting place in case of an emergency in your building or surrounding areas and you cannot get back to the office?
- Are your computer systems backed up – make sure you have an experienced IT person or a system to backup all your information offsite
- All hard copy documents should be saved as soft copies both at work and offsite
- Important questions to ask yourself
- Can I work from home in an emergency and for how long?
- Can some or all of my employees work from home?
- Do we need an alternate work site or storage facility in case of an emergency?