Equipping Your Business to Handle Natural Disasters

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Natural disasters can happen anywhere and often without warning. You can’t control or negate the impacts of a natural disaster, but you can take steps to protect your ability to continue doing business when disaster strikes. September is National Preparedness Month. Take time to form a Business Preparedness and Continuity plan, including office equipment rentals, to ensure that your business is prepared when disaster strikes.

Preparedness and Continuity Planning for your business

This year, the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov National Preparedness Month will focus on the theme of “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” Contending with the effects of flooding, tornadoes, and massive power outages is never easy. Companies are becoming more and more aware of the importance of Disaster Preparedness Plans and Business Community Plans to help keep their business running in the event of a natural disaster.

Ready Business Toolkits, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provide hazard-specific guides offering businesses step-by-step instructions to build Preparedness and Continuity plans. Each toolkit contains the following sections:

  • Identify Your Risk
  • Develop a Plan
  • Take Action
  • Be Recognized and Inspire Others

From flooding to tornadoes to massive power outages, the hazards facing your business are serious. FEMA found that in the 12 months following a natural disaster 25 percent of small businesses will close, and 75 percent of businesses without a continuity plan fail within three years of such an incident. Developing a strategy for dealing with the immediate aftermath of a disaster and a Continuity plan for your business will help sustain your ability to provide goods and services to your customers, preserve your competitive advantage, and help ensure your ability to meet financial, legal, and regulatory obligations.


Equipment when you need it most

Technology rentals for disaster recovery

Don’t let natural disasters in your company’s footprint put your business out of commission. Reduce downtime and get back your employees back to work by including temporary office equipment rental as part of your Continuity Plan.


Take time to prepare an inventory of any office equipment rental needs you may have during your time away from your offices. Talk to your general liability insurance agent about coverage for equipment backups in the event of a disaster. Understanding what your insurance agency will cover and your estimated out-of-pocket expenses will leave you better prepared in the event of a disaster.


Since some larger disasters, like hurricanes and earthquakes, may force you and your team to travel great distances to reach safety, research available office rental space available within a three to six-hour drive from your current location. When disaster strikes, you’ll be ahead of the curve with your list of preferred office rentals prepared and be able to quickly secure your workspace. Need offices for just a short time? Coworking locations can provide a fast and inexpensive alternative to traditional temporary office space with minimal setup on your part.


Experienced experts

Disaster tech rentals

Another critical component of your Continuity Plan should be ensuring that you don’t lose data or sensitive information needed for performing the work of your company. Backups of your critical company data are vital. We can help you recover data when it is lost, but it is very expensive and time-consuming. We can deliver equipment and a technician to get your business back up and running, but without your important data, your business will still be crippled.


Once you’ve secured your temporary workspace, call Rentacomputer.com any time, and we can get you any equipment you need, wherever you need it – with no prior contract. For example, we were able to procure equipment and an install technician for a client in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Our technician was on the ground in Dallas ready to install their office equipment rentals as soon as they were able to find temporary office space.


Rentacomputer.com can help get your business back to work after a disaster with our disaster recovery rental services. Laptops, printers, copiers, desktop computers, routers, and servers ensure that your team is able to continue working while also maintaining your web pages and email networks. Although we can’t offer exact quotes for the rentals and services your business may need following a disaster, we offer estimates for each of our devices on our website. Let Rentacomputer.com help get your company back to work faster with our office equipment rentals.


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