A few years ago around this time, a hurricane hit the area and my street was without power for a week. That prompted several neighbors to get together over dinner to create an emergency plan.
What qualifies as a disaster may not be universal but there are circumstances that all would rather avoid. Preparedness can be the difference between an inconvenience and a disaster.
Think about the situations that could take hours, days or even weeks to recover from. What if your wallet is stolen, your hard drive crashes, you lose power during a storm and your basement floods when the sump pump stops working, or your cell phone memory is erased?
Do you have an action plan in place should such a situation occur?
You may not be able to anticipate everything that could go wrong at home or work but you can start with those listed above. As you hear horror stories from friends or in the news think how you would deal with that situation. Are there steps you can put in place now that would make it easier to recover?
It may seem unnecessary but putting your plan in writing can help you to craft a better plan. It also gives you something to refer to when the plan needs to be implemented.
Are there supplies you should have on hand, just in case? Do you need to create backup information that is available from remote locations? Are there other people or services you would need to rely on to recover?
Start creating your plans and make sure that those who need to know are involved in your emergency preparedness planning.