The Worried Executive's Guide: Preventing the Telephone Company's Disasters from Becoming Yours (Part 3 of 3)
- A: Where Will You Meet After a Disaster?
- B: Make Your Phone Numbers Follow You
- C: Recognize the Benefits and Pitfalls of Wireless Phones
- D: Consider Two-Way Radios
- E: Carry Pagers
- F: Large Campus? Consider a Low-Power AM Broadcast Station
- G: Who Will Clean Up the Mess?
- H: Who Rewires the Building?
- I: Consult a Commercial Disaster-Recovery Center
- J: Are Your People Willing to Leave Town in a Disaster?
- K: What If Some People Dont Show Up?
- L: Does Everyone Know How to Get to the Recovery Center?
- M: Test Your Recovery Center
- N: Do You Know How to Use the Recovery Center Phones?
- O: Whos in Charge of the Recovery?
- P: Keeping the EMT Apprised
- Q: Who Will Retrieve Data Stored Offsite?
- R: Consider Online Vaulting
- S: Where Is Your Voice Mail System?
- T: Look Carefully at Automated Call Distribution Units
- U: Dont Expect Anything to Work the First Time After a Disaster
- V: Where Will You Get Telecommunications Test Equipment?
- W: For Want of a Nail
- X: Seen Any Good Books Lately?
- Y: Could You Work at the Recovery Center for a Long Time?
- Z: What Did You Learn From Your Last Test?
- Summary: What Did You Learn from This Series?
G: Who Will Clean Up the Mess?
Issue: A professional cleanup company could save you a ton of money in not having to scrap damaged equipment after a disaster. These companies employ a freeze-dry process to save valuable data stored on magnetic media. They have similar processes for saturated paper or smoke-damaged equipment. These companies should be notified immediately after any disaster, since much of the magic they work on equipment, tapes, and paper must happen within the first 48 hours. After that, it’s too late!
Action: Develop an arrangement with a professional cleanup company. Make sure that your plan includes details on how to notify the cleanup company, how they will get access to your facilities, which of your employee(s) is in charge of the operation, and so on.