Disaster Planning for Weather Related Events

Disaster Planning steps to follow for weather related events

Disaster Planning is a must given the changing weather and climate. As it has been recently shown, severe weather has the potential to disrupt business, employers are becoming ever more reliant on staff working from home. The benefit of this flexible working is clear, so companies should test their IT systems to make sure they can cope with a sudden spike in users.

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Companies should review how their severe weather plans will be communicated to staff and test these systems to make sure they still work. It is no use having plans in place if they cannot be effectively implemented. Many firms have said they had benefited from testing their plans ahead of the this winter and this helped raise awareness.

Businesses can benefit from following this winter checklist to minimise the effects of severe weather:

  1. Monitor severe weather warnings and transport updates and identify those departments/operations/locations most likely to be affected
  2. Review how severe weather plans are going to be communicated to staff
  3. Test these communications to ensure information will reach all necessary staff
  4. Confirm employee contact details

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.