In light of Hurricane Sandy, employers should take some time to review their plans to protect their employees and businesses in the event that a natural disaster hits. Whether the disaster is a fire, flood, earthquake or some other emergency, all have the potential to greatly impact a business, and employers must be ready.

Start ahead of time

Planning for a natural disaster isn't something that can be thrown together in the last minute, says Jerry Irvine, chief information officer of Prescient Solutions and member of National Cyber Security Taskforce. From the beginning, employers must consider how they would handle a natural disaster because there are so many details that take time to execute. Developing a communications plan, protecting hardware and ensuring smooth business operations all require careful planning.

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