Although the wildfire mainly threatened residences, it could just as easily have spread to the business district. In fact, according to NTV, the fire is only about 30 kilometers away from the towns where many businesses are located.
What solutions do you already have in place to ensure that your employees will be able to keep working even if they have to work from relatives’ homes or local shelters for a week or more because approaching wildfires forced them to evacuate their own homes?
Business continuity is every bit as important as disaster recovery, if not more so. Things like power outages and server crashes are far more common than wildfires or other natural disasters. What have you done to ensure that your business won’t come to a screeching halt if a wildfire were to consume your company’s office location or force you and your employees to work from home?
Things like server virtualization and VoIP telephone systems enable you and your employees to access company files, emails and phone messages from anywhere in the world. A wildfire can do tremendous amounts of damage in a short period of time. Because it moves so quickly, people are often evacuated when the fire shows signs of heading in a particular direction. With a virtual network established in a location far removed from the one that’s being threatened by the fire, you and your team would be able to not only continue working as usual but also check on clients and vendors and keep them updated.
Those Labrador residents who can return to their homes are the lucky ones. But any Canadian business leaders who don’t have business continuity plans might want to take heed. Wildfires can erupt at any time. So, don’t wait until your company has been burned to the ground or some other disaster has interfered with your business operations to start thinking about how to keep your company going in the aftermath of a wildfire. By then, it’s too late. The average Canadian managed IT services provider offers free or low-cost, no-obligation consultations. Be proactive and get professional advice on how to prepare a business continuity plan for your company.
Disaster can strike at any time. Is your business prepared? Wild fires, floods or even theft can cripple a small business, you must plan and prepare. We can help, call us today to learn about our complete range of business continuity, data backup and recovery solutions.