In a business environment that’s been dominated by the COVID pandemic over the past few years, it’s important to remember how quickly other critical events can impact your business operations—including natural disasters, cyberattacks, and equipment failures.
So, just how prepared is your business to handle a disaster? We’ve all learned valuable lessons about resiliency and business continuity during the pandemic. However, the ultimate lesson is that you can never really prepare too much.
Especially when it comes to small businesses and disasters, the statistics aren’t very encouraging. From a practical standpoint, how long do you think your business could afford to be closed following a disaster?
If that question is lingering in the back of your mind, or you’re unsure how to answer it, you’re probably not as prepared as you should be. Fortunately, now is the right time to make sure your business doesn’t become just another statistic.
Check out this five-step checklist with practical tips for helping your business survive a disaster.
Test It Before You Need It
Business continuity and preparedness go hand in hand. To that end, any comprehensive business continuity plan should include your people and processes in addition to equipment and technology. From secure network connectivity and hosted services to fuel pricing and logistics, you’ll need to account for all critical aspects of your business.
Remember that your customers’ trust in your business is directly related to your ability to recover quickly and securely from any type of disruption. Make sure your team is ready to perform in stressful situations, even with limited capacity. The only way to be confident that your incident response and disaster recovery plans can support business continuity is to review and test them regularly.
Utilize GasBuddy for Regional Weather Events
PDI is always focused on understanding how topical events can impact our customers, including regional weather-related events. In the case of localized events, consumers can utilize GasBuddy to track fuel availability in impacted areas. The tracker is available both in the free GasBuddy app in affected states and online at tracker.gasbuddy.com. In addition, GasBuddy Business Pages customers in affected states can update the status of their station/stations.
Get Support from PDI
Start preparing today to keep your business up and running while you keep yourself and your team safe in case disaster strikes. In the meantime, PDI Support teams stand by ready to help.
If you want to learn more about how PDI solutions can help your business thrive, let us know.