Could your business continuity plans stand up to hurricane Sandy?

‘In the last few years, disasters have dramatically increased in frequency, impact, and complexity. In a shocking and saddening news release, the United Nations described 2010 as one of the “deadliest” years in two decades. During 2010, 273 natural disasters caused a death toll of almost 300,000 people. In addition, these disasters affected the lives of almost 200 million people and the financial impact reached US$100 billion. Two of the worst were the earthquakes that hit Chile and Haiti, with the latter being the worst as its death toll reached almost 200,000, with financial losses of US$8 billion.’ – Business Continuity Management: Choosing to Survive – Abdullah Al Hour

Unfortunately, America is facing a hurricane of 1,000 miles wide as this blog is being published. New York, the Big Apple – the finance and culture capital, has shut down. Buildings have been boarded up and supermarkets have had their shelves stripped. And what about the rest of the American coastline that is en-route for hurricane Sandy …? Status: Indifferent.

I hope that organizations across the world aren’t thinking ‘that has no effect on us’, because it does! Yes, for those organizations that aren’t located on the east coast of America, there is no direct or physical impact from Sandy herself, but what about the aftermath – whilst such companies rebuild their offices and networks? Whilst a country rebuilds itself?

Business continuity planning in adverse weather conditions can help organizations globally to mitigate the impact and damage of such unavoidable events. Full understanding of risks and threats will enable you to protect your organization effectively and efficiently.

Calculate your organizations risks and threats properly. Invest your time in learning how important business continuity is starting with the basics, developing your knowledge and begin to apply and deploy it within your organization.

Consider:

  • What does the scope of our business continuity plan say?
  • Do we have a business continuity plan?
  • When was the last risk assessment conducted (and I don’t mean just for ISO27001 – apply it to your business continuity management)?
  • Business Strategy
  • Returning to business as usual …

Prepare yourself with awareness and the correct information. Value your business and the hard work put into its development. Implement a Business Continuity Management System and become ISO22301 certified.