A Quick Reference for Business Leaders
Natural Disaster Survival Guide For Business, Part 4, is our fourth post, in this series designed to prepare your business to survive any number of disasters that could shut your business down. These posts are not intended to be a complete preparation guide on disaster preparedness; rather they are meant to stimulate your thinking, as a business leader.
Disasters come in different ways. We’ve chosen six to chat about, leaving the most common one for last. We’ve already covered the first three types of disasters: Building fire or flooding, Hurricane or coastal storm and Flood. In this fourth post, we’ll chat about Tornado or an extreme storm.
DISASTER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Building fire or flooding
Hurricane or coastal storm
Tornado or extreme storm
Earthquake, landslide or avalanche
Human error aka “hurricane humanity”
INTRODUCTION: Before we get started on Tornado’s, let’s introduce some basics and then we’ll move on and chat about a Tornado and extreme storms.
Every business has to prepare for the worst. Those that don’t may never fully recover from a disaster. But not all disasters are created equal. Moreover, not all businesses are at risk for every kind of disaster. That’s why our partner, Datto, put together this quick Disaster Survival Guide to help you ensure that your business can keep operating even if it’s struck by one of the natural disasters described. Of course, this post is no substitute for rigorous business continuity (BC) planning with a BC consultant. But it will get you started in the right direction — and help ensure that you have the basics of a good disaster recovery in place even before you invest in a more formal BC plan. Note: This post addresses continuity of business operations only. It does not address the physical safety of employees during a disaster — which should always be the first priority. For matters of employee safety, please consult appropriate guidance from building codes, fire safety engineers, etc.
• Answering phones
• Processing orders
• Issuing invoices
• Signing checks
• Filing reports required by regulatory mandates
Disaster #4 TORNADO OR EXTREME STORM
Description: Tornado's are extreme weather events characterized by funnels of wind that can exceed 100 MPH. They usually travel no more than a few miles before dissipating and are about 250 feet in diameter. They can, however, be much wider and travel much further. Under the right conditions, multiple tornadoes can form in a single given region. The same storm cells that cause tornado's can also bring intense hail and/or lightning.
Potential impact: Tornado's are extremely destructive in a relatively narrow swath. They also tend to pass quickly. So while the structure in which a business is located can suffer intense damage — or even complete destruction — broader regional infrastructure for transportation and communications usually remains functional.
Risk factors: About 1,000 tornadoes form in the U.S. every year — although many of those do so without threatening property or people. The vast majority of tornadoes occur in the Great Plains colloquially known as “Tornado Alley.” However, tornadoes and extreme storms can occur in other parts of the country as well.
Warning times: The National Weather Service issues tornado watches and warnings. Warnings are issued when a tornado is spotted or indicated by radar and, on average, provides around 15 minutes advance notice of impact.
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