Disasters can happen in various ways. Each type of disaster can be detrimental to your business if you are not prepared. For instance, tornadoes and fires can destroy important data and files. But if you think that natural disasters are all that your business can suffer from, you need to think again. Disasters can occur from human error, or from cyber-attacks, and each can affect your business in different ways. Hence, here are the different types of disasters that your businesses should be ready for.
When one thinks of disasters, natural disaster is most likely to pop out. Be it hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, or flooding, natural disasters can cause significant adverse impacts on your business. Hence, it is important for you to know the risk of each natural disaster of your business.
For instance, did you know that America gets almost four times as many tornadoes as the rest of the world combined? And did you know that the Great Plains of the United States is the most likely to experience a tornado? Hence, if your business is located in such an area, it is important for your business to be ready for it.
After all, natural disasters can destroy bridges, roads, buildings, and critical infrastructure that your business may rely on to operate. As a result, this can force your business to close for days or even weeks to recover from the damages, and result in an irrecoverable revenue loss. In addition, natural disasters can also cause physical damages to your business buildings which require more money to fix back.
Contrary to popular belief, not every disaster is caused by nature. For instance, cyberattacks are a burgeoning problem that affects thousands of businesses every day. However, it is found that only a mere 5% of companies’ folders are properly protected.
If your business belongs to 95% of unprotected information, you run high risks of hackers stealing confidential information and disrupting your businesses in any way that they can. For instance, they can modify computer codes, convince your employees or clients to download malicious documents, and much more.
Personal Injuries Lawsuits
One other disaster that often takes business owners by surprise is personal injuries lawsuits. Did you know that under the “perfect” conditions, just one personal injury lawsuit in your business or involving the use of one of your products can cost you millions of dollars or more?
Hence, you need to prepare your business for this disaster. Even if your business does not seem to run any risk of personal injuries, or is not in an industrial or manufacturing setting, such injuries can still happen anywhere or at any time. So, what can you do? Establish stricter and more comprehensive safety requirements in your business. For instance, add in protective waivers or similar legal documents for your clients, and obtain litigation insurance to make your company less vulnerable to such unfortunate encounters.