It’s almost the new financial year, which means it’s time to complete your business forecasting, create your budget and get focused on your strategic priorities.
Question: In your planning this year have you allocated any money or time for building disaster resilience in your business?
While disaster resilience may not seem as urgent as buying a new laptop or answering customer enquiries, there are so many compound disasters occurring now that it pays to plan ahead.
It’s not a question of if a disaster will occur – it’s simply a question of when.
Did you know that for every $1 invested in disaster resilience before a disaster occurs will save you $7-11 after a disaster?
Kaitlin’s Administration in Goulburn is a micro-business that helps other businesses and individuals with administration. Kaitlin regularly puts aside money for a ‘rainy day fund’ when funds are available, as well as setting aside time towards building disaster resilience.
I’m a sole trader, so if I wasn’t able to work then I need the funds in the interim period to pay the bills.
“I also have policies and procedures written so that even my partner can step in to do tasks like sending messages out to clients. And as I work from home, being in a rural area we have a fire safety plan in place.”
Here are some other ideas to help you build disaster resilience into your business planning.
Set aside a proportion of your revenue to:
Also, spending time to build your business resilience before a disaster will mean that you’re not scrambling for stopgap measures in the middle of or after a disaster.
For instance you could dedicate time to:
There are also small things that you can do that don’t cost much, but contribute to community preparedness:
If you can afford to put money away, put money away,
“and definitely have some policies and procedures in place to help other people that you work for. If you have something in place that people can rely on, or training that they’ve done to be confident in a situation should it arise, you’re much better off in the long run.”