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  • Writer's pictureErika Andresen

It's All Yours and It All Matters

What is “yours”? Is it where you live? Where your business is? Where your office is? All of these things can all be “yours” but exist in different places. You need to treat each of them with the same level of care as the other because they are all going to be impacted by the same disaster.

Working from home makes things interesting because you are crossing the streams when it comes to your work life and your private life. You can carve out one from the other for tax purposes, but you cannot when you are doing a business continuity plan. And you should: you are never too small to do business continuity. The only thing that would be different is the amount of bells and whistles you need to accomplish securing yourself.

What about those places that aren’t where you are physically located at any time, but rather another branch, subsidiary, or headquarters? They are all also “yours” in that they are closely related to you and can impact you if there is a disaster or disruption in those locations.

Imagine if you are free and clear of hurricanes because your office is in Milwaukee, WI, but your largest office is in Tampa, FL, and they have just been hit by a hurricane. It will be more than feeling bad for your extended work family – they won’t be able to work for a certain amount of time, but the work still needs to get done. Who is going to do it? Probably you and any other office in any other unaffected location.

Will you be able to do it? Depends on if you’ve done business continuity to account for this happening.

What about places that don’t bear your name or are part of your company? The vendors, contractors, and suppliers? They are also “yours” in that they make up part of your ecosystem. Everything can be hunky-dory in your environment and with your entire company’s national footprint, but if any part of your ecosystem fails, it could spell disaster for you.

What do you do in this case? Have backups to all your vendors and suppliers…and make sure they are in a different location than the original one. There really is no point in getting a backup 5 miles away from your primary as they are likely going to be impacted by the same situation. But – like anything – it all depends on many factors.

A second location 5 miles away might be fine under certain circumstances, like this is the only place in the world you can get these things and a disruption (which is not a disaster) in one supplier may not impact any other supplier in the area.

Think more broadly than your own individual footprint. The more you expand it out, the more you will be ready for anything that comes your way.

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