Small Businesses Should Prepare Better for Disaster

Small Businesses Should Prepare Better for Disaster

June 8

Many small businesses are unprepared for emergencies and need to improve their disaster recovery plans, according to a recent study by AT&T. The study polled businesses with two to 99 employees, and focused on technological adoption.

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Only 31 Percent of Small Business Has Off-site Backup

According to the poll, 71 percent of respondents acknowledged the importance of data backup software and recovery options. But only 31 percent store their data in off-site, secure locations. Additionally, only 37 percent are utilizing cloud computing options overall, despite 91 percent being aware of the cloud’s advantages.

“The key for all of us, including small business owners, to help recover and survive during and following disasters is being properly prepared,” Jonathan Epstein, developer of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, said. “We see this as a stark reality through the eyes of our local chapters and volunteers, who are on the front lines every day, dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and other emergencies.”

Businesses are pursuing other technological upgrades, such as tablet adoption – which 67 percent of small businesses reported deploying. However, they must maintain a focus on developing a successful server backup solution as well.

Options such as off-site disk backups and cloud storage can save a company hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. You would otherwise lose this money during a power loss, a hurricane or other severe weather disaster.