Many company leaders were able to garner a lot of entrepreneurial advice from other businesses that either survived or faltered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Though the storm battered the East Coast almost two months ago, administrators from all parts of the world are still learning best practices in terms of continuity and data retention using certain cases as an example.
Some of the biggest lessons business leaders can take from the hurricane include the fact that they should have disaster plans in place to provide for protections and rebuilding, and that they need emergency insurance so even if various elements crucial to operations are destroyed, there is enough money to get back on their feet.
However, some important points of running a business that might not be immediately obvious to other managers are also emerging. Paying attention to such details can often mean the difference between successfully reopening a company's doors after a disaster or closing them forever.Asking for help is necessary
In this scenario, many startup owners are forced to ask for help from various sources. Pride can get in the way during these times, but it's important to note that different organizations have the resources to funnel money or technology through to leaders that can be crucial to rebuilding.
A good idea is to tap into business relations to receive help in anyway possible. Many entrepreneurs know that networking is important to getting work done under normal conditions or in the future if their paths alter, but they may not realize that these people are invaluable during a disaster. Entrepreneur Magazine reported that managers at Brooklyn's Strands hair salon
called professional contacts and were able to use them to set up a temporary location to offer services to customers.Hire IT leaders
Another lucrative move that some owners may not have considered before is to hire at least one employee with IT knowledge. When a natural disaster strikes and data has not been properly backed up, permanent loss may occur or the business could spend a large amount of capital restoring missing information. This happened to many firms in the wake of Sandy.
As such, Forbes Magazine suggested, no matter the size of the company, investing in technology and ensuring there's someone at the business that can not only optimize its use but make sure it's protected is crucial. The source said that even if disasters do not occur, the planning and innovation of individuals
in this field can greatly benefit any firm.