How to Set Up a Contingency Plan

Presented by, Phyllis Barr explains how to set up a contingency plan for your business.

It is impossible to prevent all disasters, but it is possible to minimize the risk of a disaster or the damage from one. Having a contingency plan and testing it regularly can make a difference in the event of a manmade or natural disaster. It can also make the difference between a timely recovery and a long and difficult one, and affect the cost of recovery.

A disaster does not have to be large to cause large problems. A leak can damage critical equipment; a pest infestation can destroy costly supplies; a small fire can spread; theft or vandalism can compromise a company’s proprietary information; and an illness or death that befalls a staff member or members can have a devastating effect on fellow staff members.

Does your company have a plan to protect your hard copy records? What about your computers, disks, external hard drives and flash drives, and telephones? A lot of people think that with computers there are fewer paper records, but in most offices that is not the case. And computers are not immune to problems, either!


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Phyllis Barr is president of Corporate Culture Marketing by Barr Consulting Services, which helps companies leverage their history and heritage. She can be reached at