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What steps will you or staff take when damage or loss occurs out of the blue? Disasters are defined as a sudden event that causes damage, failure and/or destruction.

So much of what you'll do depends on a number of factors. What type of business is it? What type of disaster? How much do you depend on the income? If you're like most small businesses, it's likely that you & the staff highly depend upon the funds earned by the business.

A study by the Institute for Business & Home Safety revealed that 25% (one out of four!) of all companies that close due to disasters never reopen.

As a long-time computer consultant, I always stress the importance of a backup system. I always ask, "How much data are you willing to lose?" It's a question of risk. I learned from my 10 years in a corporate Risk Management Department that when disaster strikes, having a good plan in place minimizes the amount of loss - plain & simple.

Five steps to create your plan:

1. Identify Risks - What can and/or will happen?

  • Natural disasters
  • Human-caused hazards
  • Technology-related hazards

2. Plan To Stay In Business

  • Analyze impact of risks
  • Identify ways to reduce risks
  • Define minimum requirements for business continuity

3. Create The Plan

  • Identify resources required to stay in business
  • Outline emergency communication methods
  • Define procedures
  • Train staff

4. Test the plan

  • Step through scenarios
  • Modify plan as necessary

5. Review and improve

  • Review plan annually
  • Identify triggers that will require plan modification
  • Allow others to contribute ideas

How much are you willing to risk? When asked, our clients respond, "Not much." We provide worksheets, questionnaires and aides. Then, we coach clients through each of the five steps, asking questions to get to the most crucial information. Within a few hours, they're well on their way toward a completed plan.

How will YOU stay in business when disaster strikes? During September's National Preparedness Month, Island Organizers offers promotions and discounts for help with Disaster Prep. Call or email for an appointment.

"Small businesses that don't have a plan in place generally don't survive after a disaster, whether it's a flood or a tornado. We see that anywhere from 40-60 percent of those that are hit like that simply don't come back to business," said David Paulison, former executive director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). What are you waiting for?

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Resources:

www.ready.gov 

www.fema.gov

On Sept 11, 2013 we held a teleseminar. Hear this informative and vital session.

Organizing your Vital Documents  creates a "home" for your most important information & paperwork.


 
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By Karen Simon, Island Organizers

Is your business ready for anything? What will you do if disaster strikes? Preparing for disasters such as fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis is the focus of September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM) campaign. To businesses, even theft and computer failure are just as devastating. What should you do to prepare your business before disaster happens?

Info & Data

The most precious part of any business is the information & data. Inventory, equipment, supplies & other hard assets can be replaced. What about the data? After a fire raged through one of my client’s homes, she was interviewed for a local newspaper & TV station. They asked, “What is the biggest loss your family will feel? ” Her answer was that her entire home-based business’ computer data was gone. She had no records of her customers’ contact information, invoicing & all business financial records – everything gone within minutes.

Back Up!

We all know that backups protect our data. But where are they kept? If your backup is in the same office or building as your computer, that won’t help if there's a fire, tsunami, or tornado.

How will you continue to do business if you can't access your computer? If you have offsite backup and an inventory of software, you could simply get another computer and restore your data from backup. You'll be back in operation within a few hours.

Vital Info

What information is vital to YOUR business to keep it running? If you’re like most businesses it's customers, employees & vendors, accounts receivables (who owes you), bank & insurance account info and numbers. Where is this info kept? Do you have inventory of it? What format is it stored in? paper? electronic? Is it easily accessible? Is it portable & duplicated elsewhere?

These are the questions you want to ask yourself during 2013’s National Preparedness Month. Get ready and be ready – prepare your business BEFORE disaster strikes. FEMA’s Ready Business website has extensive resources to get you started. Need more help? Ask Me How

National Preparedness Month 2012

On Sept 11, 2013 we held a tele seminar. Listen to this informative and vital session.

Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392

 


 
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by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

National Preparedness Month is September. Businesses large and small are getting ready. Fires, floods, windstorms, earthquakes, all disasters are devastating. Emergencies strike with little or no warning. If one were to hit your area, you will be affected physically, financially and emotionally. Is your business prepared with a plan in place, in case an unexpected event happens?

According to Business Wire 9/7/12, Staples and National Safety Council Team Up to Raise Disaster Planning Awareness Among Small Businesses. For the Aloha state, Retail Merchants of Hawaii Partners with Counties for Disaster Preparedness Campaign.

It's vital to be in control, as much as possible, after a catastrophic event. Businesses must get back on track immediately. Your customers and other businesses that rely on you are impacted if your business is not operational. Also, if insurance claims are necessary, specific information will be required.

PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR BUSINESSES
- Inventory - Passwords & Software, Possessions & Valuables, People: employees & clients
- Communications - keep VIP numbers in cell phone & the cloud for accessibility.
- Safety Procedures - for employees & customers
- Protect - property, business records, contacts
- Insurance - contact your agent for advice & appropriate coverage
- Photos/Video - of current possessions & property, save copies off-site, send to insurance agent
- Supplies - emergency kit including chargers & batteries, food & water
- Resources - suppliers, vendors, etc.

You can protect your business, be informed, have a plan. Visit www.ready.gov/business, www.redcross.org/prepar e and www.fema.gov/mobile.

Is your company prepared for disasters?   Share your story ... add a comment.

 

On Sept 11, 2013 we held a tele seminar. Get this informative and vital session.

Get help Organizing your Vital Documents & creating a "home" for your most important information & paperwork.

Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392

 


 
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by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

DecoFlex  What happens when loose papers and small notes are buried in piles? We don't know what's there and can't do what we need to do. My longtime mantra is: "Paperwork that is lying down is sleeping or hiding. When it's standing up, it can communicate with you."

The Decoflex® box by Oxford® and Pendaflex® has been my favorite organizing tool for many years. A desktop file storage box with hanging folders and labeled tabs creates a highly-effective Paperwork Management System. Each tab designates a specific category or task and identifies folders' contents. This handy solution eliminates piles, wasted time and stress related to lost notes and vital documents. Learn more

"HOT ACTION FILES" -- This is the perfect tool to hold "active" documents, unpaid bills and other important To-Do's.  Once they're separated into categories: To Call, To Pay, To Input, Waiting For Reply, etc., the appropriate actions can be taken in a timely manner.  This is a temporary "home" for paperwork; it is not for storage.

PROJECTS --  Create a mailbox for your office staff, manage info for a client's project, store details while planning a move or a party, and save notes for an organization's committee.

FILING SYSTEMS -- In limited space, filing systems can be created using several of these portable containers. Each holds a different category of files and is labeled on the end of box, ie: 2012 Income, Paid Bills, Investments, Medical Records. They fit nicely on a bookcase or on shelves in a closet. 

Other versions are available in acrylic, plastic, mesh, metal & cardboard. Buy online at Office Depot, Office Max and the Container Store.  In Honolulu, visit local stores: Simply Organized and Fisher Hawaii. NOTE: Organizing products don't usually come with instructions!

We'd love your feedback. Comment below!

Register for our webinars/teleclasses for more organizing solutions

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by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

What would you do if yours was lost or stolen?  According to the FBI, “a wallet or purse is the most concentrated place that your personal identification is stored and therefore is the most vulnerable asset that you have.” Read more.  

Don't panic, it’s easier to deal with when you're prepared for any disaster. 

What's in your wallet?

Cash, checks, driver's license, debit/credit cards, insurance and membership cards and more. Photocopy/scan front and back of all cards. Seniors, protect your identity on Medicare cards.

What's in your purse or briefcase? 

Checkbook, keys, glasses, cell, iPod, laptop, flash drives.  Anything else?

Do Now

  • In a secure location, keep copies of cards and papers you carry with you, plus an up-to-date inventory and photos of all valued possessions. 
  • Keep a current list of credit cards, contact info, account numbers, pin numbers.
  • Do NOT carry social security card or number. Protect your identity!
  • Label keys and tech tools with business phone number and address not home address.
  • Back-up all data often. Replacing valuable information is overwhelming!

If Loss Or Theft Happens

Report to Lost and Found, Police, DMV, bank, insurance companies, credit reporting agencies, credit card companies and any other agencies.

Police Department websites can help.  

Declutter your wallet, purse and briefcase often. Have you ever lost these possessions?

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