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

Overview

We know, in our post–September 11/post-Katrina world, thatdisasters are increasingly catastrophic in impact. While majordisasters cannot be prevented, you can equip your small businesswith the knowledge needed to mitigate your risks and recoverquickly when they occur. Now in its second edition, Prepare for theWorst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery forSmall Businesses presents you with a structured, time-testedblueprint to help you evaluate your business in terms of itsvulnerability and guide...

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Overview

We know, in our post–September 11/post-Katrina world, thatdisasters are increasingly catastrophic in impact. While majordisasters cannot be prevented, you can equip your small businesswith the knowledge needed to mitigate your risks and recoverquickly when they occur. Now in its second edition, Prepare for theWorst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery forSmall Businesses presents you with a structured, time-testedblueprint to help you evaluate your business in terms of itsvulnerability and guide you through developing a cost-effective,individualized disaster and recovery plan.

In this new edition, author Donna Childs thoughtfully draws onthe lessons she and her company learned while working in LowerManhattan on September 11, 2001, and working with small businessesworldwide coping with all types of disasters. She offers valuablestrategies to prepare for a variety of unpredictable disasters toenable your small business to be prepared with a realistic,functional contingency plan. Carefully outlining procedures toundertake during a catastrophe and how to implement a successfulrecovery, Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best:

  • Provides new guidance on how to rebuild a company's ITinfrastructure
  • Contains new material about disaster relief programs and theimmediate financial payoff to contingency planning
  • Includes new information on Redundant Arrays of Independent Disk(RAID) hardware backups, calling trees and the intranet,?poweroutages and suppliers, as well as wireless networks
  • Adds new sections-on setting up an insurance program to expediteclaims payments as well as on assisting employees and theirfamilies
  • Walks you step by step through what to do during disasterrecovery such as contacting third parties and handling insuranceclaims
  • Reveals how a sound contingency plan can successfully combatdaily "small" disasters, such as mistakenly deleting computerfiles, while also improving the overall efficiency of businessprocesses

If you are a small business owner or manager, what you do beforea disaster will determine, in large part, if you will be able toremain in business after the disaster. Whether a network break-inor an earthquake occurs, you can take steps to significantlyimprove the protection of your business in the case of a disaster.Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best, Second Edition shows youhow to put in place a disaster preparedness plan that will yield apositive return on your investment even if disaster neverstrikes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Childs, who has written "Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best", a guide to disaster planning for small business, noted that many of the problems that occur in a disaster are also ones that could happen in the best of times." (Associated Press, April 17th, 2009)

"….serves as a handbook to help businesses prepare for and respond to events ranging from natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, and floods, to human errors…" (Arizona State University, 9/10/08)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470556177
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 879,189
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna R. Childs is a former senior executive at the world's largest reinsurance company, which required her to deal with major and minor disasters on a daily basis. This experience proved critical when she established her own small business in Lower Manhattan. Her company, located on Wall Street, was directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, and that experience gave her firsthand knowledge of what small businesses must do to ensure that they are protected from future disasters. In 2007, the National Association of Women Business Owners named her its Woman Business Owner of the Year.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Crisis and Leviathan.

Chapter 1 Yes, You Should Sweat the Small Stuff!

Chapter 2 Our Roadmap.

Part One PREPARE.

Chapter 3 Preparing Your IT Strategy.

Chapter 4 Ensuring Financial Liquidity.

Chapter 5 Basic Safety Practices.

Chapter 6 Business Mail Procedures.

Chapter 7 Special Needs of the Disabled and the Elderly.

Chapter 8 Give Some Thought To Your Pets.

Chapter 9 Take Five.

Part Two RESPOND.

Chapter 10 IT Strategy.

Chapter 11 Financial Liquidity.

Part Three RECOVER.

Chapter 12 IT Strategy.

Chapter 13 Financial Liquidity.

Epilogue.

Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    Excellent guide to business continuity planning

    This book provides a simple yet thorough practical guide for small businesses to formulate and implement disaster preparedness plans. I am not aware of anything more useful written on the subject. Ms. Child has done a superb job.

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