Each potential crisis is as unique as the business it could happen to. Google defines crisis as “a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.” Location, operations, personnel, business plans, and other factors can have a significant impact on what a crisis means to you and your business.
While it may be the last thing you want to focus on as you work to serve and meet your customers' needs, you should plan for a crisis, as it will ensure your business will be around long-term.
To begin your crisis plan, start with one of the most common crises for businesses that have a physical location—a fire. What is at risk if a fire completely destroys the building?
Once you have a crisis plan in place for one type of emergency, you can adapt it for others, such as weather-related crises. If your business has key employees, would losing one of them be a crisis? If your answer is yes, that would require the development of another type of crisis plan.
Having multiple locations, more than one supply chain, a secure back-up system, a diversified and cross-trained team, internally transparent operating procedures, and open lines of communication are all things that could help in the time of a crisis, but nothing ensures your business will survive a crisis more than planning ahead.
Check out these resources to help you in your crisis planning: