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by Patrick Brown |

What can we do in the face of Mother Nature to protect ourselves and our clients?

What can we do in the face of Mother Nature to protect ourselves and our clients?

Hopefully, you have a plan and procedure in place (and have urged clients over the years to do the same).

If not, now is a great time to think about a plan and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, or voice to Dragon…)!

It is too late in the aftermath of an event to begin making plans – it would be nice to go back in time and adequately prepare (or buy that winning Powerball ticket!), but alas that ability is not yet available for better or worse.

In order, your priorities should be:

1- Keep the people safe – get out of the path if you can, do not go out into the storm, avoid damaged areas and down power lines afterwards.

2- Have adequate supplies – do not panic! Ensure your vehicles (and generator) are gassed and working, have non-perishable foods on hand, and plenty of water available.  Now is a good time to check those flashlights, ensure you have plenty of batteries and have fuel for your grill.

3- Safeguard entrusted property – move original documents to a higher level, consider storing in a waterproof container inside a safe.

4- Secure and test backups of all data – cloud storage is a great way to maintain continuity, but at a minimum keep a backup in a safe location separate from your office. Unplug electronics to prevent damage from power surges and water intrusion.

5- Have a plan for recovery – knowing what you will do in advance makes the recovery process easier and reduces the risk something might be overlooked.

Take a few minutes and read:

http://www.lawyersmutualnc.com/blog/6-tools-for-law-office-disaster-preparedness

http://www.lawyersmutualnc.com/risk-management-resources/articles/disaster-preparedness-is-your-toolkit-complete

http://www.lawyersmutualnc.com/risk-management-resources/articles-2/can-your-firm-survive-a-disaster

Then use our Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit (https://nmcdn.io/e186d21f8c7946a19faed23c3da2f0da/556712d9bf0f4cb2a916cc810687d52b/files/risk-management-resources/risk-management-handouts/Disaster_Planning.pdf) to develop a plan of your own.

A little time and energy now can save a lot of time and loss in the future!

About the Author

Patrick Brown

Patrick is the Vice President of Enterprise and Operational Risk Management at Lawyers Mutual as well as filling the roles of Corporate Secretary and Director of Information Security. He is an NCSB board certified specialist in Privacy & Information Security Law and has been designated a Fellow of Information Privacy and a Privacy Law Specialist by the IAPP.  He is always happy to talk about his collection of tinfoil hats or to discuss risk management advice and resources that you may find helpful - you may reach him at 800.662.8843 or patrick@lawyersmutualnc.com.

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