4 Emergencies Every Business Should Be Prepared for

The world is a dangerous place. One day things can seem perfect, and then the next day everything you have worked so hard for can suddenly come under fire for a myriad of reasons.

Business emergency preparedness, Fishbowl BlogThat’s not to say you should live your life in fear that something could go wrong at any moment. You should simply do your best to prepare for emergencies so you’ll know how to respond and you won’t panic and make the situation worse in the heat of the moment.

Here are four serious problems that could devastate your business, and helpful solutions to each of them.

Natural Disasters

Every location on the planet is susceptible to some form of natural calamity. Do you know what yours is? For some it could be earthquakes, for others it’s floods, droughts, tornados, tsunamis, etc.

It’s a good idea to have some emergency supplies on hand, also known as “prepper supplies,” in case something goes wrong and you lose power or the roads are cut off. You can encourage employees to bring their own supplies, as well. First-aid kits, 72-hour kits, and other supplies could come in handy in the event of a sudden storm or other natural disaster.

You can check out Ready.gov and the Red Cross website for additional tips on making sure you’re prepared for many types of disasters, natural and otherwise.

Data Theft

Whether it’s caused by corporate espionage, a disgruntled former employee, or a computer hacker, data theft can be detrimental to your business. No one wants their trade secrets or financial data stolen.

Protect your computers with firewalls, software security systems, and regular password updates and complexity requirements. Thieves are always getting smarter, and there’s no foolproof way to always keep them out, but being proactive is the best strategy you can use.

Computer Crashes

For most businesses, all of their information is digital. Finances, tax records, employee information, customer data, transaction records, and many other important things are stored on computer hard drives. If a server goes down or someone’s computer crashes or is otherwise damaged, it could lead to dire consequences and huge amounts of lost time and work.

Back up your data every day – possibly even multiple times a day, depending on how much you process. You may want to use a cloud-based storage system and keep your data offsite. Not only would this protect you in the event of a computer crash, but it makes it possible to get your data anywhere you have Internet access.

Violent Threats

What if a gunman walked into your place of business and demanded money or was simply intent on killing people? Unfortunately, this has been a problem for generations and it doesn’t look like it will ever go away completely. There’s no surefire way to stop horrific tragedies like this from occurring, but you can do a few things to minimize damage and loss of life.

Install a security system to alert the police immediately when violence erupts. Have a security team available, if the threat is prevalent enough to warrant one. Use security cameras, but take care not to create a hostile work environment by making your employees feel like you’re constantly spying on them. You may even want to encourage employees to obtain the proper licenses to carry guns on the premises. This would provide a good determent and a quick response to threats without necessarily having to hire security.

Staying Safe

You never know what might happen out there. There are certainly many other dangers than the ones mentioned above that threaten to unravel the business you have worked hard to build. By planning ahead and doing your best to minimize threats, you can make sure you’re ready when danger arises.

About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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