Businesses in the Northeast are still feeling the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene. Just a few weeks prior, a mild earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic region and caused structural damage; people are still rebuilding. And then there were the tornados striking the South and Midwest. This is your wake-up call folks!
Were You Prepared?
How did you fare after the tragic floods resulting from Irene? Were you prepared for questions from your executives when the news came in regarding Hurricane Irene and subsequent 100 year floods?
- Did you think to reach out to suppliers and employees in the region to begin the situation assessment? Or to stock up on needed resources before the flooding? Were you able to deliver products after the event or were there disruptions in your supply chain?
- Did you think about engaging procurement and human resources as partners to determine the impact of the disaster and potential exposure?
- Did you prepare to field questions from customers, business partners, and concerned family members?
Based on my experience watching organizations react to crises and other disruptive events, it’s common to see executives and those assigned Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity activities do the following:
- Get caught up as witnesses, watching the drama play out in the news just like everyone else, without always connecting the dots as to how the event may impact the organization’s interests. (This is where having a Disaster Recovery Plan would be of vital importance or having a person on staff whose sole responsibility is Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity Planning.)
- Focus (almost exclusively) on the day-to-day planning process, rather than taking an active role in participating in the response, including the situation assessment process.
- Fail to reference business impact analysis and risk assessment-related information in a potential crisis in order to judge possible exposure — what may be affected.( Ok – so you may not have this in place, but perhaps enough of a wakeup call has been issued and now your company realizes the time is right to conduct a business impact analysis and risk assessment.)
September is National Preparedness Month. Now is the time to either create your Disaster Recovery Plan or update your plan if you have not done so recently. Another hurricane and even more tornadoes are currently on the weather radar…don’t wait!
Patrick R. Dunn, CBCP, CISSP
Consonus Practice Manager – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity