How to Ensure Business Continuity During Western NY’s Blizzard Season

Ikram Massabini

Ikram Massabini

November 7, 2023

• How to Ensure Business Continuity During Western NY's Blizzard Season

In the picturesque landscapes of Western New York, blizzard season may bring with it the beauty of snow-covered landscapes, but for businesses, it can spell potential chaos and disruption. The risks associated with blizzard season are manifold, ranging from employees unable to make it into the office to potential IT infrastructure issues caused by flooding post-storm. These challenges can result in costly downtime that impacts productivity and profitability. Let’s explore how businesses can ensure continuity during Western NY’s blizzard season.

Understanding the Risks

Blizzard season often renders roads impassable which makes it challenging for employees to commute to the office. Remote working becomes not just a convenience but a necessity during such times. Additionally, blizzards can lead to power outages that cause businesses to lose crucial hours or even days of operation. Moreover, the risk of flooding post-blizzard can severely damage IT infrastructure leading to data loss and disruption.

Statistics tell a sobering tale: research shows that unplanned IT outages can cost a business between $926 to $17,244 per minute, depending on the industry. While blizzards may be a seasonal concern, their impact can resonate long after the snow has melted.

What Business Owners Can Do

Business Continuity Planning

Implement a robust business continuity plan that includes remote work strategies. Ensure that employees have the tools and resources they need to work from home seamlessly.

Communication Plan

Establish a clear communication plan. Can your phones be forwarded to remote locations? Are your employees aware of the communication channels they should use in case of an emergency?

Disaster Recovery Plan

Have a disaster recovery plan in place to get your IT infrastructure up and running swiftly after an outage. Determine your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to set clear goals for recovery.

To get started on your path to resilience, we invite businesses to claim their free disaster recovery and business continuity assessment. This assessment evaluates your readiness to face various disaster scenarios, whether it’s blizzards, fires, floods, cyberattacks or other threats.

Remember that disasters don’t discriminate, and preparedness is the key to survival. With the right strategies and support in place, your business can weather the storms that come its way while ensuring minimal disruption and a swift return to normalcy. Connect with MVP Network Consulting today to fortify your business against the unforeseen challenges that lie ahead.

How MVP Network Consulting Can Help

At MVP Network Consulting, we specialize in helping businesses like yours prepare for and navigate the challenges presented by Western NY’s blizzard season and other potential disasters. We provide comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery solutions tailored to your unique needs.

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