Mother nature is one of many things we cannot control and unfortunately cannot predict its behavior at times. Its behavior can deliver no harm but at times its destructive forces can create chaos causing disruptions and harming people. Moreover, the disruption to businesses can be painful and a costly event. Nevertheless, there are still businesses that have not been able to recuperate from the disruption hence running out of business, however many others have because of their sound and often tested business continuity plans.
A few natural disaster examples come to the picture: volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala, hurricanes Irma, Wilma, Katrina and Andrew, earthquakes in Mexico, Chile and Indonesia are among some of the most notorious examples. Those disasters are just a few to mention and most them have been unpredictable while others even though predicted there was nothing to protect anyone from their destructive forces.
Business continuity is one of those areas that clients have considered not a priority until disaster strikes. Just picture and image your business out of service for a few hours due to unforeseen causes. Even a short lapse on services can destroy the business reputation completely. Although with many businesses gone today due to absence of business continuity plans, there are many businesses still gambling their subsistence without a business continuity plan.
Today, business continuity plans are a must because of the unpredictability of situations around the world (for example, acts of nature, people, and others causes). Unless you can predict any outcome, with enough time to take precautionary steps, this time might not be sufficient.
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