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Does your business have a Disaster Management Plan? If so, has it helped you handle the COVID-19 pandemic?

Please see this article https://www.micromentor.org/blog/preparing-for-disaster/ by COVID-19 Response mentor Vijay Nair.

Does your business have a Disaster Management Plan? A Business Continuity Plan? If so, has it helped you handle the COVID-19 pandemic? If not, are you creating them now? What have you learned, both good and bad, from this experience so far? Please let us know here!

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An entrepreneur can only change himself. Change quickly - only yourself. It is impossible to quickly change the vision of other people, partners, friends and team. Awareness of the current state is slow. The interaction is hindered by isolation under quarantine. Vision of the future and scenario planning are constrained by habits and fears. To start quickly creating management and change plans, a critical mass of team members are needed. Now I see the need for cooperation in the market. To convince team members to accept the challenge and risks, need more information about the cooperation of market participants.

All that remains to be obtained in order to start managing change is the word "agree")

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I agree with Mr Petrovich that we can only change ourselves. However, in times of disaster, people forget their differences and concentrate on the essential: save businesses and lives. It is during these times that individuals expand their mindset and start genuine cooperation. In my case, I mainly work on my own. That said, in my consulting projects in companies, we have always worked on team building which is founded on open communication, trust and cooperation. What I am experiencing during the COVID-19 time, is that those companies that have invested in helping their people grow and feel part of the team, have less problem to coordinate disaster management activities.

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I will answer this question from a different angle. From a business plan and technical point of view, a DR plan should have already been in place. Thought must be given to each point of failure. If a plan is not in place, yes, it should be in development now. Brainstorming with your team as to different failure scenarios and planning for contingencies is key. In some instances, your product or service simply cannot be supported in a disaster such as this. But if you can source product differently, ship it differently, offer it to your customers differently, provide support differently, these plans will provide a better chance of survival. If applications, processes, technology are required, it's better to have a plan & implement, but if you do not, it's not too late. You may experience challenges in procurement/availability, time to deployment of these plans as you are competing with others for the same resources, but better to proceed. ie. a restaurant - if you wish to offer curbside or carry out during the pandemic - what menu options work best in that scenario? How will customers order and pay? how will you safely staff? What is the status of your supply chain? Are you prepared to accept different payment methods? There are so many questions & those are just quick examples. Lastly, as soon as you are stable, try to prepare for the return to whatever 'normal' may be the next step. Staffing, transition, hours, AP/Payroll etc - your transition back will be smoother.

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