For two days, the Aidmatrix Dallas Office closed our office doors to test our Disaster Continuity Plan readiness. We created this plan with the help of our interns and volunteers, and wanted to make sure that our office could still function with the same efficiency if a disaster or epidemic forced us to close our office down and work from home.
With the help of our incredible volunteer Michele Pavlyak, we also piloted a business continuity and alerting technology system during this time. This system is a hosted service created for organizations and emergency operation centers specializing in responding to natural disasters, business disruptions, crisis or other emergencies. The system would send out alert emails and phone calls describing the situation to each of us, and provided us with a way to communicate our status to each other. It also would notify us with information for conference calls to discuss the current situation together.
Thanks to our high level of preparedness, I believe that our office was able to seamlessly transition to working at home with no warning, just as if a disaster were to strike. This is something that I believe that all businesses, no matter how small or large, should be prepared for.