Bad things happen: Do you have a disaster recovery plan?

On October 28, 2012, what could never happen, happened. A Hurricane hit New York City, not Charleston but America’s largest city. Hurricane Sandy. The consequences were disastrous and resulted in a shutdown of a city of 8.6 million people. The city that never sleeps was shuttered because of an inadequate disaster recovery plan. Important live-saving services such as major hospitals had to be evacuated. Many large corporations discovered an unanticipated vulnerability many had never considered. Floodwaters poured into the basements of downtown buildings, disabling their backup generators, cutting electricity and halting business operations. Electricity to Manhattan was not fully restored until six days had passed and many emergency power sources were disabled. *

Think you are not subject to hurricanes? Far from a floodplain? Not near tornado alley? In a tectonically stable area? Don’t rest easy. How about the Great North American Ice storm of 1998.

“From January 4 through January 10, 1998, a devastating ice storm with high levels of precipitation moved across a broad, high-population area, from eastern Ontario to southwestern Quebec, (as well as northern New York and parts of New England). According to Statistics Canada, the heavy ice load brought down more than 30,000 wooden utility poles and toppled more than 1,000 transmission towers, of which 130 were major structures. Approximately 90% of the 4.7 million people affected by the region-wide power outages lost electricity for more than a week, some for as long as a month. “ **

It CAN happen here!

No matter where you are located, you will be vulnerable to extreme natural disasters. Even if you never experience a disaster where you are, the interconnectedness of our digital business community and the long-distance supply chains make us vulnerable to events half a world away. Think of the supply chains for American manufacturers that were cut as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Crazy stuff happens and you need a disaster recovery plan in place to protect your business.

Manufacturers and their complex webs of suppliers don’t have the Red Cross ready to swing in and save the day. But they do have Responza.

How can I avoid a disaster?

The short answer… you can’t. If Mother Nature decides it’s time to play her games, there’s no holding her back. However, we know what’s in her arsenal and we can help you get prepared. Call Responza today to find out how we can help ensure your business continuity in the event of a natural disaster. In Charleston call (843) 990-9200, Seattle (206) 762-5100, or click the contact link below.

Related Post: Download a complete Disaster Recovery Plan Template.

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