It’s a common misconception many businesses have that sever weather incidents won’t drastically change the way they operate even if this unexpected severe weather occurs in their geographic area. However, according to FEMA, this simply isn’t the case. In fact, FEMA estimates 40% of all businesses are forced to close immediately after a disaster and another 25% of businesses will fail within one year. Knowing these sobering statistic begs us to take a closer look at exactly how severe weather may impact your business.
Building Damage/Loss of Facilities
The most obvious way severe weather can hit home is when it causes structural damage to your company’s building or even destroys the facility all together. Whether it’s a flood, tornado, hurricane, fire, or any other terrible act of mother nature, losing the place your staff reports to every day to perform their work has a tangible impact on your business operations. You’ll need a plan in place for backup facilities and/or remote work options.
Impact on Transport Networks
In the wake of an emergency weather-related situation, there may be a period of time where some or all of your workforce is unable to make it to the building if your facility was lucky enough to escape structural damage. If your organization deals in transportation of any kind, this may also heavily impact your ability to deliver your services on anticipated timelines and products, as well. Or, if you, like many of our partners, are in the business of transportation and travel, you may be looking at tremendous negative impact. Do you have a plan in place to mitigate these outcomes?
Severe weather can lead to sudden loss of access to information, files, servers, and structures that are central to your business operations. When this happens, the entire functionality of your team or business is at risk. If you can’t access the information you need to keep your team up and running, then what? Though all the other impacts mentioned can do serious damage, this is the silent killer of businesses in the wake of severe weather incidents. How would your team be able to bounce back if faced with these obstacles tomorrow?
How to Use This Information
Each and every one of the issues addressed in this blog are pieces of a comprehensive business continuity plan that your organization should have in place. Anticipating all possible risks and evaluating the likelihood of each, followed by creating a protocol and process to keep all the cogs (or as many as possible) on the machine moving flawlessly even in the face of crisis is key. If you’re not sure whether or not the risks discussed here could take out your business or even drastically impact it, go through our severe weather preparedness checklist and see where you stand, or contact us to see how MissionMode can help you be fully prepared.
MissionMode is the trusted leader in providing organizations with an effective and reliable emergency notification and incident management system specifically designed to handle your needs from end to end. Our Situation Center Suite acts as a virtual command center in times of crisis, helping your organization stay on track through both emergencies or more routine operations by enabling your team to effectively communicate and project manage incidents from onset to resolution. The MissionMode Notification Center allows our clients to send two-way multimodal notifications to employees during times of crisis.
From incident management to mass notification to interactive field communications, mobile control, integrated weather planning and more, MissionMode’s team of seasoned and certified emergency managers and business continuity practitioners are dedicated to being an intuitive and easy to use partner in your incident management and mass communication needs.