Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses

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Improve business efficiency, eliminate day-to-day mishaps, and prepare for the worst-with effective disaster contingency planning

Now in a Second Edition, Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses presents you with proven guidelines for your small or midsized business to effectively prepare for catastrophes, including

  • Rebuilding an IT infrastructure
  • Setting up your insurance to expedite claims payments
  • Assisting your employees and their families
  • Getting your business up and running again
  • Contacting third parties
  • Handling insurance claims
  • What to do if your main office location is not accessible
  • Adequate insurance for property, business interruption losses, and workers' compensation

Successful planning not only can limit the damage of an unforeseen disaster but also can minimize daily mishaps–such as the mistaken deletion of files–and increase a business's overall efficiency. This essential, must-have guide is the only contingency guide you will need to ensure your company's continued success.

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We know, in our post–September 11/post-Katrina world, that disasters are increasingly catastrophic in impact. While major disasters cannot be prevented, you can equip your small business with the knowledge needed to mitigate your risks and recover quickly when they occur. Now in its second edition, Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses presents you with a structured, time-tested blueprint to help you evaluate your business in terms of its vulnerability and guide you through developing a cost-effective, individualized disaster and recovery plan.

In this new edition, author Donna Childs thoughtfully draws on the lessons she and her company learned while working in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, and working with small businesses worldwide coping with all types of disasters. She offers valuable strategies to prepare for a variety of unpredictable disasters to enable your small business to be prepared with a realistic, functional contingency plan. Carefully outlining procedures to undertake during a catastrophe and how to implement a successful recovery, Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best:

  • Provides new guidance on how to rebuild a company's IT infrastructure
  • Contains new material about disaster relief programs and the immediate financial payoff to contingency planning

  • Includes new information on Redundant Arrays of Independent Disk (RAID) hardware backups, calling trees and the intranet,?power outages and suppliers, as well as wireless networks

  • Adds new sections?on setting up an insurance program to expedite claims payments as well as on assisting employees and their families

  • Walks you step by step through what to do during disaster recovery such as contacting third parties and handling insurance claims

  • Reveals how a sound contingency plan can successfully combat daily "small" disasters, such as mistakenly deleting computer files, while also improving the overall efficiency of business processes

If you are a small business owner or manager, what you do before a disaster will determine, in large part, if you will be able to remain in business after the disaster. Whether a network break-in or an earthquake occurs, you can take steps to significantly improve the protection of your business in the case of a disaster. Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best, Second Edition shows you how to put in place a disaster preparedness plan that will yield a positive return on your investment even if disaster never strikes.

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Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best

"A fascinating read, based on experience with 9/11 but applicable to many types of natural or human-caused disasters. The author provides detailed and useful information on disaster recovery planning for small businesses, emphasizing IT recovery but providing useful tips for much more. The extensive explanation of insurance coverages is well balanced with guidance to help a small business take action to survive, remain viable, and ultimately to recover and remain competitive in the marketplace following a disaster."
—Diana L. McClure, Director of Business Protection & VP, Institute for Business & Home Safety

"As the number of businesses grows in the United States, so do the numerous threats to their survival including natural or man-made disasters, technology and security breaches, and questionable or ultimately unsuccessful business relationships. Donna Childs's extraordinary personal and business experiences, coupled with her economic development work, make her a remarkable resource for entrepreneurs as they integrate contingency planning into their overall business strategy. Her focus on IT is particularly important given how vital information storage and retrieval has become for businesses of all sizes. A must-read—and a must-plan—for any business owner."
—Erin M. Fuller, Executive Director, National Association of Women Business Owners

"How will you confront that nightmare scenario, an unprecedented event that puts your business on the line? If you're not inclined to 'wing it' when facing the worst, and if you're ready to channel some new revenues to your company by demonstrating real preparedness, this book is for you."
—Robert D. Austin, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School; Faculty Chair of the Harvard Executive Program for Chief Information Officers

"Small businesses are now facing disasters on a scope and scale that were previously unthinkable. This book is a must-read to prepare your business for the worst."
—Murray Low, PhD, Associate Professor, Columbia Business School; Director of the Entrepreneurship Program

"An essential handbook for anyone who owns, or plans to start, a small business, Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best helps you move from paralysis to preparedness. It's a logical, understandable approach to protecting the business you worked so hard to build."
—Lauren Simonds, Managing Editor, SmallBusinessComputing.com

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