September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. It’s been 21 years since the terrible events of 9/11 shocked the world. The reality that emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, anywhere emphasizes the need for everyone to stay vigilant and be prepared. The designation of a National Disaster Preparedness month reminds each of us to put a plan together to protect our families, homes, and property. The US government website Ready.gov provides a wealth of valuable resources to turn to for help. At Mail-Gard®, we understand that the same preparation requirements hold true for businesses.
Mail-Gard is Here to Help Businesses Be Prepared
Mail-Gard develops customized solutions to fit every business in every industry. We help clients build a comprehensive business continuity (BCP) and disaster recovery plan for all aspects of a disaster―or any business interruption. Whether it’s natural disasters, severe weather threats, staffing issues, labor strikes, equipment uptime issues, fires, floods, or even ransomware attacks, Mail-Gard can enable your business to not only survive, but return to normalcy.
And, if you already have a BCP, you need to ensure that it is keeping up with current conditions. In my recent blog, Adapting Your Business Continuity Plans, I discuss all the factors that must be considered in our evolving global economy. COVID-19 resulted in raw materials and labor shortages, as well as increased turn-around times for production and distribution, emphasizing the need to start planning further in advance to ensure your business can continue to thrive. A strong business continuity and disaster recovery plan is resilient and able to keep up with our ever-changing world.
The Importance of Having an Effective Communication Plan
One of the most critical elements to focus on amid a disaster is communication. It is vital that businesses be mindful that effective critical communications require a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Whether for compliance or for revenue generation like invoicing, communication with your customers is essential. Mail-Gard’s print-to-mail platform provides a solution to help keep our clients’ critical communications flowing. We help them consider current host configurations, optimal and secure transmission methods, and varying recovery scenarios that could slow or halt client communications.
Mail-Gard also assists businesses in establishing critical print-to-mail applications recovery plans. We start by understanding our clients’ current production processing requirements and developing a solution to pick up data at the point of loss in order to complete and continue print and mail operations.
It Doesn’t End with a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan
Aside from initiating efforts to build a recovery plan, testing exercises might be the single most important aspect of plan execution a business must pursue in order to be ready for activation at a moment’s notice. We help clients test their recovery plans, maintain and update processes, and make improvements based on lessons learned, so an actual recovery can be as seamless as possible. With our client partnerships, we have experience in executing more than 50 successful business recoveries in our 26-year history.
Don’t Wait for Disaster to Strike—Act Now
National Disaster Preparedness month reminds us to always expect the unexpected. Without a feasible Business Continuity Plan in place, when disaster strikes, you may find another disaster awaits as your business struggles to recover quickly.
Do you need assistance putting together a viable Business Continuity Plan? Mail-Gard can review and strengthen your existing plan or facilitate developing a plan from scratch. Contact us. We’re here to help.
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