A power outage lasting a few hours is a nuisance but if the power goes out for an extended period of time it can be a personal crisis. Most people worry about food spoiling during a blackout. However, this is only a minor factor for consideration. Some individuals rely on refrigeration for medications. Some individuals may require dialysis or medical monitoring equipment. Therefore the electricity we take for granted every day is a critical lifeline for others. It is better to plan for such an event now before it happens.
There is so much we take for granted about electricity. It powers our cell phones, computers, office equipment and of course utilities. If your organization experienced an extended power outage do you have paper based processes and procedures for common daily office tasks? For example, many organizations use online forms for clients to apply for services or clients are often tracked in online databases. A power outage would knock out these capabilities requiring your staff to perform these steps the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Better to establish these paper based forms now and break out the filing cabinet as a good backup plan before the network goes down.
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