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How would your business fare in a disaster? PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Co-Publisher
As a business owner or a homeowner, we all too often take solace in the belief that “it can never happen to me.” As a result, we become complacent about protecting the records so vital to our business or the things in our home that are most meaningful.
We all got a wake-up call on that very issue with the destruction of Harchelroad Motors by fire early Saturday morning.
I’m guessing there were a number of business owners who, on Monday morning, took a look at their own businesses to determine if their insurance coverage is adequate or if they are properly backing up crucial computer data off-site.
Fortunately for Harchelroads, their business bookkeeping and operations system are centered in their Wauneta store, with a second off-site backup.
But that still won’t replace the years of business and customer history that was lost before such records were stored on computers.
Interestingly enough, I talked to two local businessmen this week who admitted they had grown complacent about taking computer backups off-site. One said they took their backup home with them Monday night for the first time in months.  
I’ll admit that I have become complacent during the last six months as well. We installed a new server in our office and I was slow about getting the backup scripts in place, as well as taking those backup hard drives off-site.
Tuesday night, I spent several hours rewriting the scripts that back up our paper to an external hard drive that can be taken home.
Regardless of our preparation, disasters really don’t care what kind of precautions we’ve taken to preserve papers, records and other valuable mementos. Unfortunately, Harchelroads learned that even fire-proof safes and cabinets don’t always get the job done.
I’m sure Lloyd and Sandy Wilson can tell you some of the same stories after they lost the sale barn to fire a number of years ago.
While we’re never totally prepared for disasters such as these, we need to take measures to protect ourselves in the rare event that a disaster strikes you or me.
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On a related note, it’s disasters like this that bring out the best in people. Sid Harchelroad said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.
First thing Monday morning, they were back in business with loaned tables, computers, printers and other equipment that people so generously offered up.
He said he even has an offer of a building to get his body shop back up and operating.
Only in small-town U.S.A.!!!