Ten Tips to Help Businesses Prepare for Severe Weather

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Test, test, then test some more. When done, test again.

Practice makes perfect. Lack of practice brings chaos and, in the end, costs money. Businesses should practice their disaster recovery plan so that they eliminate unforeseen situations and can make necessary adjustments when there's nothing on the line. Businesses should create a disaster recovery testing schedule for each system, perform extensive testing on all systems at least twice a year, and ensure new employees are trained in the disaster recovery plan.

Recent events have proven that severe weather effects can be devastating to businesses. Economists have estimated the latest bout of severe weather could cost the economy $5 billion or more. Part of that economic blow comes from lost productivity for businesses that have to close entirely, or because employees can't get to work due to hazardous conditions. Do businesses have any options other than to wait out the storm? The short answer is "yes."

Now is the time for businesses to make sure their office is ready to face the elements. Power outages, blocked roads and school closures are just a few of the things that can have a severe negative effect on productivity and the bottom line. Having plans in place and creative work options for employees can be the difference between profit and loss during challenging weather events.

In this slideshow, Digium shares 10 tips to help ensure that businesses will be able to survive not only winter weather, but all weather-related closures or slowdowns.


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