The destructive damage in Oklahoma the previous couple of days gave me an opportunity to review my firm’s disaster plan. I’m sure there are several other attorneys in the area who reviewed their plans. I’m also pretty confident there are many more attorneys who don’t have a plan. Following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, we saw a number of law firms whose records and systems were devastated by the disaster. But, these devastating events aren’t the only ones that will disrupt services. Even a simple water break, roof leak, or break-in, could have catastrophic effects on your own law practice.
First and foremost, you need to educate yourself on the various ways to prepare. With cloud computing services and cloud storage, there is no excuse for not having adequate data backup methods. Clio, a cloud-based law practice management provider, is hosting a disaster preparedness webinar. The web event will happen on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM EST. You’ll need to register online for the event, but this should be a great way to get started. I hesitated signing up for another marketing gimmick, but after the recent tornadoes, I’m attending.
You disaster plan should include insurance, which will protect your equipment, furniture, and office space.
Here’s a link to a great list of 6 tools for preparing your law firm for a disaster (and here). Many law firms and insurance companies offer help to members in creating their disaster plans. Don’t delay getting your plan in gear.