Flooded? What to do next:

By in

5 Steps to Protect Your Business Assets
The recent flooding in Vermont has left many business owners shocked and grappling with the aftermath. At SecurShred, we understand the importance of safeguarding your confidential information, even in the face of such unfortunate events.
Here are 5 Steps to help you get back on your feet:
Prioritize Safety and Assess the Damage:
The safety of your employees should always come first. Once it’s safe to enter your premises, conduct a thorough assessment of the damage and photograph EVERYTHING for FEMA and your insurance assessor to review. . Look for any potential hazards and consult with professionals, such as electricians or plumbers, to ensure the safety of your workspace.

Secure and Remove Damaged Documents:
Floodwaters can severely damage important documents, compromising the confidentiality of sensitive information. SecurShred can assist in the destruction of damaged documents and provide secure disposal. Remember, it is crucial to handle wet documents with care to prevent further deterioration. Ensure that wet documents are dried before shredding, as shredding wet paper can be done, but material submerged in standing water should be removed.

Evaluate Electronics for Data Security:
Electronics, such as computers and servers, may contain valuable business data. Unfortunately, flooding can render these devices inoperable or compromise their data integrity. Safeguard your business by seeking professional assistance, like Ship n Destroy, to safely dispose of damaged electronics while ensuring the secure destruction of any stored data. We can help you properly recycle your damaged electronics, reducing environmental impact.

Notify Clients and Stakeholders: After a flood, it’s essential to communicate with your clients, stakeholders, and partners to update them on your situation. Inform them about the steps you’re taking to restore operations and assure them of the security measures you have in place to protect their data. Transparency and open communication will foster trust and loyalty among your business relationships.

Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan:
Having a robust disaster recovery plan in place is crucial for minimizing the impact of floods and other disasters. Review your existing plan, make necessary updates, and ensure that all employees are aware of the protocols to follow in case of emergencies. Consider backing up essential data to off-site or cloud-based servers to prevent data loss and ensure business continuity.
SecurShred and Ship n Destroy are here to assist Vermont businesses affected by the recent flooding, offering confidential and safe document shredding, destruction of damaged information, and recycling of electronics.