For many of us, August means vacation. But for meteorologists, August is peak hurricane season.
Some of the most destructive hurricanes in the U.S. over the past two decades have occurred in August. If you reside in the South or East, you may want to track the National Hurricane Center’s website (www.nhc.noaa.gov) and educate staffers about your organization’s evacuation procedures.
The threat of hurricanes serves as a reminder that disasters can strike at any time. Aside from safety concerns and injury prevention, other perils can stymie your business. A storm can flood your data center. A power outage can shut down your computer servers. An earthquake can cause structural damage.
Ideally, your organization has drafted a thorough disaster recovery plan. Review the plan and share the findings with your team. Discuss emergency contact procedures and confirm that these notification systems (such as phone trees) will work smoothly if normal channels don’t work.
Ask yourself, “Without prolonged Internet, cell phone and/or landline access, how would we do business?” Work with yourteam to devise a contingency plan to combat a crippling computer virus or other serious risk.