Today’s post is written by Ivy Ray, Account Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.
Another hurricane season is approaching, and after a record hurricane season in 2017, meteorologists predict there will be between 14 and 18 named storms on the eastern seaboard this season. There are areas that are still in recovery from the last season. According to The Weather Company, cooler water temperatures in the Atlantic and warmer temperatures in the Pacific could hamper activity, and result in an average hurricane season with about 13 named tropical storms and 6 developing into hurricanes, with 2 being major.
We can’t fight the forces of nature, but we can be prepared as we enter the hurricane season. Safety is the initial concern during a weather disaster, but the residual damages can be far reaching. Whether the damages are resulting from hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, or blizzards, it could greatly affect business operations. An event that disrupts your business could actually put you out of business if you don’t have a plan in place. Your organization may not be directly affected by such an event, but your key suppliers and vendors could be.
A disaster recovery plan is essential to keeping your organization running in the case of a natural disaster. It is a good idea to utilize the National Weather Service’s national preparedness calendar as a guide for year-round reminders to identify potential disasters and review your organization’s disaster recovery plan.
Some questions that an organization should keep in mind are:
- How will your data be affected?
- Do you have remote systems in place?
- Do you have backup vendors?
- Is there a secure alternate operations site?
Disaster recovery involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. It’s not enough to have the procedures in place; you need to know what’s in the plans to be able to execute them when the time comes. Have a plan and be ready for action, but most of all be safe!
For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you in exploring your procurement solutions for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.
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