The firm implemented a disaster recovery plan following the holiday season's events. The harsh winter rain and winds brought on by Storm Frank have left many areas across the North of England completely flooded. For many, the disaster occurred on Boxing Day and water levels have continued to rise since. Despite the flood warnings, locals have said say not enough was done to protect their homes or their businesses. Due to the seriousness of the flooding situation, many independent businesses may not be able to reopen for some time, if at all. Pi Industries says that this is extremely damaging to business owners’ livelihoods as well as the economy as a whole.
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As a result, Pi Industries believes that business owners should develop a contingency plan for any future natural disasters, to ensure that their business can get back up and running, following these events. A contingency plan refers to advance preparations that organisations make in the case of unforeseen, disastrous events. These events are of such magnitude that the survival of the business is threatened if emergency measures were not put in place to protect them. Here, Pi Industries has outlined the important factors of a contingency plan to consider:
Contingency plans should focus on the key processes, activities, people and resources that would make continued operation impossible if they were not available. Ultimately the plan must protect against the most critical vulnerabilities. Pi Industries suggests this could be information and computer resources or machinery and equipment loss. This could also be the unavailability of employees with critical knowledge. The plan should be a guide on how to deal with these events and must contain ways to restore the business to operational capacity.
The plan has to be jargon-free so that every employee can use it. Pi Industries recommends setting up a communications system that is secure enough that key personnel can be reached after any disastrous event. Include steps to evacuate personnel when disaster strikes; including alternative work places and resources in case the current business location becomes unusable.
Contingency plans often throw up unexpected costs so the plan authors must employ common sense when creating it. For example, don’t plan for earthquakes in a non-earthquake zone. Additionally, the plan should be updated regularly and trial runs should be conducted to check the plan holds up in reality.
As a small business in the North of England, Pi Industries are urging businesses to create contingency plans as a means to recover following disasters that are unforeseeable and uncontrollable.
The firm is a Manchester-based direct marketing company which specialises in personalised marketing services on behalf of their clients’ brands. The firm connects with consumers on a face-to-face basis in order to encourage long-lasting and personal business relationships between brand and consumer. This helps to increase customer acquisition, brand awareness and brand loyalty for their clients. As a result of the winter storms, Pi Industries are working on their own contingency plan for any further disasters.
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