Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hurricane season expected to intensify this year, NOAA says

All’s been relatively quiet on the hurricane front in recent years. In fact, a major hurricane hasn’t made landfall in the U.S. for over 10 years now.

But the shutout could be coming to a grinding halt this year, as forecasters believe 2016 could feature several substantial storms before the season concludes in late November, making disaster recovery planning a top priority for business owners.

10-16 named storms to develop
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting with 70 percent certainty that the Atlantic hurricane season will be “near normal” this time around. To the casually informed, normal may not seem like anything to be worried about. It’s a different story in the world of natural disaster, though. Because in the typical year, a normal hurricane season brings a dozen storms with sustained wind speeds of at least 39 miles per hour or higher. This year, NOAA believes there will be between 10 and 16 named storms, eight of which could become hurricanes. By definition, storms reach hurricane capacity when wind gusts are clocked at 74 mph.

Furthermore, the 11-year major hurricane drought could come to an end this year, as the NOAA predicted between two and four hurricanes will reach major status.

Of course, predictions are just that, so there’s no knowing for sure how many will develop. At the same time, though, all it takes is one significant storm to bring a business to its knees.

Many business owners are well aware of this fact. According to polling data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, nearly one-third of small businesses have had to close their doors for a day or longer in the past three years due to the effects of weather-related catastrophes. Additionally, 1 in 5 companies have lost electricity for 24 hours or longer in the past three years.

Business continuity planning is key
No one can control the forces of nature, but there are plenty of things business owners can do to remain up and running – or as close to that as possible – when Mother Nature throws a curveball. This starts with establishing the proper business continuity plan and testing its sustainability.

As noted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a good starting point is to have the building inspected by a trained professional. Inspectors can flag any issues that may need to be addressed and what reinforcements can be implemented.

Employees play a key role in business continuity planning as well. Whether on a quarterly or bi-annual basis, management should coordinate with staff to ensure that they know what the protocol is for communication procedures or what electrical systems should be powered down in the event of flooding, as an example.

Checking on generators, whether custom-installed or portable, can also go a long way toward strengthening a business owner’s continuity plan management.

Additionally, if roads are impassable, workers may need to hunker down and ride out the storm until climate conditions settle down. Business owners who have maintained food storage should be sure to check the expiration dates on canned foods and replace them as necessary.

As the old saying goes, a failure to plan is a plan to fail. Regardless of what Mother Nature churns up during the Atlantic hurricane season, business continuity planning can keep business owners one step ahead.

Join us for our Community Centers Networking Social

Here at American Business Continuity Centers, we couldn’t feel more at home since arriving in Princeton, as this tight-knit town has welcomed us with open arms. Now, we want to return the favor by opening our doors.

On Wednesday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m., we’re holding our Continuity Centers Networking Social as a way to say hello and thank you to the Princeton Community. With a wine tasting provided by Fedway Associates, headquartered in nearby Basking Ridge, delicious drinks will be flowing, sure to satisfy the tastes and palettes of even the most refined wine connoisseurs. Along with fine cheeses and an assortment of other delicious hors d’oeuvres, this gathering promises to be a wonderful evening that you won’t want to miss out on. And we don’t want to miss you.

Please come join us on June 29 for some delicious wine, hors d'oeuvres and pleasant conversation. Please come join us on June 29 for some delicious wine, hors d’oeuvres and pleasant conversation.

As one of Princeton’s most recent arrivals, allow us to talk briefly about what it is we do. In short, we’re out to help businesses thrive by ensuring all their i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. But more specifically, we specialize in disaster assistance for when the unexpected happens, enabling companies to keep thing up and running when disruptions rear their ugly head. Our singular mission is to provide recovery services for businesses’ diverse needs whether in the cloud or on the ground.

So that’s a primer on what we do. But what we really want is to meet and find out more about you. So if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by at our location. The address is 500 College Road East, and our offices are located on the fourth floor. Please RSVP by June 15 if you plan on attending.

Hope to see you there!

 

Continuity Centers Networking Social