While the world will likely not end in 2012, the outbreaks of severe weather that have plagued much of the country this summer can certainly make the most level-headed lawyer wonder if the Mayans were really on to something.
While many Americans have an extra supply of food and water stashed away, very few law firms have a disaster plan in place to deal with a hurricane, earthquake, or flood. According to the Insurance Institute for Home and Business Safety, one in four small businesses forced to close because of a disaster never reopens. Moreover, businesses that are able to implement a business continuity plan typically experience less damage, loss, and downtime than businesses without a plan.
As the name suggests, a disaster plan is designed to help ensure that your law firm will continue to function in the aftermath of a natural disaster. If your firm is not up and running, how will you be able to help your clients and sustain your business?
Below are five key tips to help keep your law firm operating and meeting your clients’ needs in the wake of a disaster:
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