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Is your business continuity plan ready for a hurricane?

 

The reality is that a majority of small businesses do not have a plan.  As part of the Wells Fargo Small Business Index, Topline, 3rd Qtr 2011 survey, a sample of small businesses were asked if they “have an emergency plan in place in the event your local area experiences a major disaster, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, major flooding, or other disaster?”  While 41% have a plan, 58% do not.

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Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

Yes, we have a comprehensive plan that includes emergency call in numbers, team communication leaders, and evacuation procedures. Thankfully, we haven't needed the evacuation part yet.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

Unfortunately my plan didn't account for the severity of Sandy and my domain is off-line as well as my office.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

That is unfortunate. www.bluehost.com is a great provider.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Living and working in the area I am in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, and such are not a major concern. In fact the most worrisome issue we have in Knoxville, is alleged peaceful protestors getting into Oak Ridge National Lab, and the other complexes in the not-so-Secret-City (if the peaceful one can get past the guards, the not so peaceful ones can too!). Yet we have been struck by minor tornados, earthquakes and flooding in the Knoxville area and surrounding counties within the last five years, but nothing like other areas have seen. The two companies I have worked for in my professional career have had no such plans, aside from a disaster recovery storage for IT information.

I do hope everyone is safe that has been affected by this storm system. I listen to a station out of Poughkeepsie, New York in the afternoons, and some of the devastation being talked about is beyond my imagination.

If you think of relocating, consider TN, no state income tax for individuals, mountains all around, and mild winters compared to the ones up north, and not too many occurrences of natural disasters that completely destroy entire areas.

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