If you live anywhere near a large body of water in the United States -- except the West coast -- you probably dread the next six months as hurricane season lingers. IT Business Edge contributor Carl Weinschenk recently spoke with Geary Sikich, the principal for enterprise risk and crisis management consultancy Logical Management Systems, about disaster preparedness. He says that while a worst-case scenario will most likely not arise, it's best to prepare for the worst as the unexpected can always occur.
Make sure that you have a plan in place. Most of the companies I deal with start to deal with hurricane plans months before hurricane season. It depends on what the company does. If I've got a refinery, they do different types of things to refine the crude oil. What does it take to shut [different] units down, as compared to companies [just] with computers in the office? The computer folks may just need to duplicate the data. [In other cases,] I've got to have a lot of stuff in motion before things go bang. For instance, a company may have a process that does a certain thing to a particular chemical product. It takes time to shut that type of thing down.
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