Think back to the weekend and the list of “chores” you accomplished. If you’re living anywhere in Canada or the northern United States, these chores likely include things like: put away lawn furniture, make space in the garage for the car, clean out the eavestrough, close the pool, rake leaves, and double-check that the furnace works. Are you prepared? Because winter IS coming! Unfortunately, your list doesn’t start there, prepare your business!
So you’ve prepared your home. You’ve got through the list of seasonal chores and you’re ready for the winter weather. Whatever this means for where you live: snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain or a mixture of all three – you’re ready. You’ve even put the snow tires on your car and ordered new summer tires.
This is excellent! So now pull up your business continuity plan (yes we’re being optimistic and assuming you have one…). When was your plan last updated? Check the date – chances are it was updated sometime during the warm sunny days of the summer. Hmm, remember that list of chores you did to make sure your home and family are ready for the bad weather? Well what about your business? Aren’t you as equally concerned that your business is prepared and ready for what the rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain bring with it?
Is your contact list up-to-date? Do you have a hot site or meeting point that will work in the cold weather? What does your plan say about days when your entire team can’t make it into the office due to bad weather? Do employees have what they need to work from home? Are home phone numbers and cell phone numbers available for key personnel? What does your plan say about events such as freezing rain storms, snowstorms, and power outages? Can your company keep running in these circumstances?
Okay, so you get the idea. Not only is it important to be prepared at home for the winter months but it is equally important to ensure that your business is prepared. Take some time now and just get the plan updated. In fact update the plan, email your staff and ask for their input and then have a quick meeting with everyone to go over the changes. See – wasn’t that easy? Now you have the peace of mind knowing that your business is ready for the wet and snowy days to come.
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