According to the 2012 Ad Council Survey, 56% of small businesses lack an emergency plan. Worse, 40% never reopen.
Hoboken, NJ and NYC, NY (PRWEB) September 03, 2013
eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and network consulting firm, has published an article about the critical nature of disaster preparation for small and medium size business and specific steps they should take. Why? Because smaller businesses, though they are the backbone of the US economy, tend to not have an emergency plan and resources in place to quickly recover from a natural or man-made disaster.
“According to the 2012 Ad Council Survey,” notes Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies, “56 percent of small businesses lack an emergency plan. Worse, 40 percent never reopen.”
Get a Plan, Now
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Ad Council and the American Red Cross, has public service advertisements (PSAs) to encourage small- to medium-sized businesses to prepare and plan in advance of an emergency in order to reduce the risk of losing their businesses. The PSAs direct audiences to Ready.gov/business for online resources to help businesses identify the people, operations, documents, records, customer and supplier information needed in a business disaster plan.
Tips for an Emergency Preparedness Plan
Businesses will find that every emergency plan includes information about securing computer data for backup, duplication and recovery. It has to consider the many ways something bad could happen to data. For example, a computer could be lost or damaged and the business might not be able to access the files. Or without electricity, it may not be able get into an office building because of electronic locks or garage gates. If a small business had to set up in a temporary location, could it? Would the business have online access to important documents like employee contact information, payroll and banking accounts?
Here are a few additional tips:
1. Make sure all computers for a small business have the latest versions of their operating systems and have full internet security installed and up-to-date.
2. Ensure that virus system scans and system updating is set to run automatically.
3. Ensure that every employee has a way to backup their files and does so regularly. Provide a method for storing backups of the most critical system information offsite; consider cloud storage as one method of duplicating company information and defending against a natural disaster that might impact a whole community. Designate someone to double check backups and restore data, and keep a log of when each system is fully backed-up.
About eMazzanti Technologies
eMazzanti Technologies’ team of trained, certified experts provide 24x7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses’ IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements. The IT firm is Microsoft's 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, Microsoft Northeast Region Partner of the Year, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard's Partner of the Year and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Download the free article: [How to Select an IT Provider. More than 400 companies trust their IT support needs to eMazzanti Technologies. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti, Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.