Most business failures are not due to catastrophic events (September 11). Rather they’re caused by foreseeable, yet unplanned for, occurrences such as power grid or telephone failures, ISP collapse, network crashes, computer viruses, corrupted data malfunctions, inclement weather, fires; and on and on.
Do you have a data backup system in place? And what is your plan to access the data if a disaster occurs.
Lack of foresight and inadequate planning can have the same effect as a terrorist attack. What can you do? Anticipate the worst and plan for it.
Employees should know what they are responsible for, and are not responsible for, who is in charge, and who is the designated alternate in charge.
The Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) requires every employer to have an emergency action plan that must be kept onsite and available for employee review. The plan must be in writing if your company has 10 or more employees, but can be communicated orally if there are less than 10 employees. OSHA also requires that all new hires be advised of the plan and that it be reviewed as part of training. Changes to the plan require that everyone be notified in writing.