On the heels of Hurricane Harvey and the impending landfall of the powerful Category 5 Hurricane Irma, it appears we are in for a very active hurricane season. Is your business prepared should a hurricane strike your location? What about your family? It’s important to plan now, before a hurricane is imminent. As Irma is showing us, the path may be unpredictable and the warning time may not be as long we would like, to properly prepare.
I heard Harvey referred to as a once in a thousand year storm. Some reports are saying Irma could be even more devastating, making that once in thousand look more like twice in three weeks. Our weather patterns continue to change and unfortunately, are seeming to become more dangerous.
I have gathered several resources for your reference, to help you be as prepared as possible, should you find yourself in the path of hurricane this season. While these resources are all focused on hurricane’s, they also lay out prudent steps to take, regardless the threat. Hurricane’s, windstorms, blizzards, tornado’s…potential damaging weather events goes one. Take time now to make your plan and be prepared.
- The first resource comes from my friend and colleague Chuck Poole of PalmTech Computer Solutions in West Palm Beach, FL. Chuck and his team are potentially right in Irma’s path. Chuck has published a very informative checklist for his clients, which you may review here.
- The Ready.gov website of the Department of Homeland Security has a great hurricane resource page at this link. On the right hand side, you will also find links to all manner of additional threat resources you may need to consider being prepared for.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) together with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a hurricane preparedness site here. This site has several links that will take you to valuable information and resources.
- The American Red Cross publishes an excellent Hurricane Safety Checklist that is primarily geared to families, but is useful for organizations as well. You may download the checklist from the linked title.
- Finally, FEMA also runs a program called America’s PrepareAthon! which is a community based campaign to raise awareness and help individuals and organizations be prepared. This program has published a playbook titled Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane, which you may download from the linked title.
It’s still too early to know for certain if Irma will hit the United States, though all indications are that it will. The resources above are all excellent and I recommend you review them all and develop your plan, regardless of Irma’s final path.
As I’m sure you suspect, I have a personal plan in place that absolutely includes safeguarding my digital assets and critical equipment, as well as my family and home, to the extent it is possible to safeguard a home. Onepath, the company I work for, also maintains robust plans for all manner of situations and assists our clients doing the same. If your business needs help developing a robust plan, don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more about how Onepath can help you prepare, maintain and recover, should you be impacted.
As my mother always said, “Better to have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it.”