Think back over the year…
Let’s take a quick look at the state of affairs in 2020:
- Record wildfires through much of the Western US
- Above average tornado activity
- Two severe derecho events, one in the Midwest (making the list of billion-dollar events for 2020, second only to Hurricane Laura)
- Currently tied for most active Hurricane Season in the Atlantic, with 29 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 28 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes, with 28 days to go in the season
- And more, all while the world is dealing with Covid-19
Experts thought that these natural occurrence including floods, landslides, mudslides and earthquakes would become more common; they were right. Hence our need to be prepared for natural disasters now more than ever. The impacts of these disasters are huge:
- Lives lost
- Children orphaned
- Homes destroyed
- Businesses ruined and rendered bankrupt
- Governments struggling to maintain a sense of order
- Food insecurity for all or parts of the population
Now is the time to prepare.
Now is not the time to stick your head in the sand and believe that you are safe. Sure, where you live earthquakes, floods and mudslides might not be a factor. But what about severe snowstorms that cause highways to be closed for days, or hurricanes that wreak havoc on homes and businesses? How about the power outages and black outs that happen with ice storms and high winds? Yes, these are also natural disasters. Disaster being the key word here.
Any or all of these events could have disastrous effects on your business and livelihood. That is, if you’re not prepared. Smart businesses are ready. They pay attention to current events and read the articles about the effects the rain, snow, mud, ice, and wind are having on the bottom lines of their competitors. These businesses have likely done a Threat Risk Assessment and know how these disasters will affect them. They’ve also done a Business Impact Analysis to further determine how this will affect their bottom line and ability to keep operations running successfully.
Furthermore, these forward-thinking companies have taken the next step, working with leading experts like KingsBrideBCP to develop a business continuity plan (BCP) and introduced a business continuity planning software such as Shield to their employees – giving everyone 24/7 access to the BCP should it be required.
Really, these prepared companies have made the right choices to be ready, whatever comes. The signs are all there – disasters can strike any time, anywhere. No one is safe, regardless of socioeconomic status or location.
The next question comes down to you…Are you prepared? Have you paid attention to what is going on around you? Are you planning for the future and getting ready to be one of the companies that survives when disaster strikes? For your sake, we hope you are. Your employees, customers and suppliers do as well.
KingsBridgeBCP offers businesses of all sizes BCP Software Solutions and industry know how based on best practices. From a FREE Edition to a Platinum Edition there is a Shield for everyone. Our software packages meet the wide range of our customers’ needs, ensuring we deliver the best value in every project. To learn more about KingsBridge click here.