Small businesses must have a contingency plan against flooding

Floods in Boscastle highlight the need for entrepreneurs to adopt back up strategies

Floods in Boscastle highlight the need for entrepreneurs to adopt a back up strategy

There are many precautions you can take to protect your business, from employing trust worthy employees to implementing on-line security. However there is little you can do to prevent the kind of weather experienced in Boscastle recently.

As insurance companies begin assessing the extent of damage caused to homes and businesses by major flooding, many small firms are forced to pick up the pieces and carry on trading as best they can.

In the wake of the disaster, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) issued a warning to companies to make risk action plans.

By introducing a number of practical steps, small businesses could limit the amount of damage done to their property in the event of similar circumstances.

The top priority is to ensure that computer software packages and back-up copies of data are stored in a secure and separate location. With 80 per cent of businesses closing within 18 months of a disaster, many entrepreneurs may wish to change their attitudes towards data loss.

Khalid Arif, UK sales manager at IT specialists Dantz, said, “In today’s digital age, data is the lifeblood of any business. As such, backing up your data and ensuring it is recoverable must be a prime consideration.

“Disasters can strike from any direction and, as we saw at Boscastle, can have a devastating effect.

“With the advancements that have been made in recent years in back-up technology, small business can guard against disasters in a cost effective fashion and develop an effective disaster recovery strategy.”

Below are a few points on how to protect loss of physical data in the event of unavoidable circumstances, such as those experienced in Boscastle.

  • Always have files saved to more than one back-up source.
  • If you have a small number of employees you may wish to invest in dependable back-up software.
  • Make sure you have a back up files secure and offsite to guard against catastrophic events such as fire or flooding. Rotate your onsite/offsite backup media at regular intervals, bringing the offsite media up to date when you bring it onsite.

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