Disasters occur everyday. One of the most impactful and memorable natural disasters was Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hitting the east coast with a brute force spanning 1,100 miles and affecting 24 states and thousands of businesses, Hurricane Sandy destroyed company structures, inventories, and paper records. Plus, there was something else lost that not many companies considered: voice and data information.
No industry was safe from the loss of data system back ups. Manufacturing, gaming, trucking, auto and recreational companies suffered immense losses. In New Jersey alone, nearly 19,000 small businesses sustained damages of $250,000 or more with total business losses estimated at $8.3 billion as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Disaster Strikes Everywhere
Disasters are not just natural occurences such as hurricanes or floods. Consider, too, the impact of man-made disasters such as fires, train wrecks, and industrial accidents. It doesn't matter what the cause is if your business is affected and knocked out for the count.
In the map below, the red area shows locations in the United States where businesses could be disrupted by disasters.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. Those that remain in business don’t do so for very long. An additional 25 percent close within the next two years. This signifies that disasters present a significant impact on businesses. The key to avoid joining that 65% group of shuttered businesses is to get ready.
Is Your Business Prepared?
TELECOMMUNICATIONS DISASTER RECOVERY CHECKLIST
- Does your company have a computer-telecommunications disaster recovery plan?
- Has your company documented computer and telecommunications equipment operation details?
- Has your business identified critical business operations and how to keep them running during a disaster?
- What are your business infrastructure stress points?
- Does your business have an emergency policy and procedures manual?
If you don't already have a disaster recovery plan, it's time to start planning. When disaster strikes, our customers count on N2Net to keep their companies productive and profitable. It's part of how we want you to #LoveYourConnection. And, keep loving it, even when the lights go out.
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