With all the recent focus on tornado activity, it’s been all too easy to forget about the other types of natural disasters – specifically hurricanes.
In a presidential proclamation made on May 20, 2011, President Obama declared May 22-28 National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The goal is to highlight the importance of planning ahead to protect families and secure communities and homes prior to the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1st and spans six months.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are working in conjunction with the White House to raise awareness. According to a notice recently issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year. NOAA is predicting the following ranges:
- 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
- 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
- 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)
Each of these ranges has a seventy percent likelihood, and forecasts activity that will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Knowing that this year’s hurricane season is expected to be damaging, having a disaster recovery plan in place is the best approach to ensuring the longevity of your business. Any size business can benefit from having a plan, and having one can mean the difference between continuing business and closing up shop forever.
Take a proactive stance and start building your business continuity strategy now – Mother Nature is one woman you don’t want to mess with.