Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season is in full swing, and as we learned from ImpactWeather President Mark Chambers in May, there are up to 11 named storms and two to three major hurricanes predicted for this season. Of course, it only takes one storm to put an unprepared business out of business.

According to Contingency Planning Research & Strategic Research Corporation, 43% of U.S. companies experiencing disasters never re-open, and 29% close within 2 years.

Hurricane Ike – September 12th, 2008 - Courtesy of NASA

Hurricane Ike – September 12th, 2008

Having a solid disaster recovery plan in place is critical for reducing the business risks associated with being hit by a hurricane. Evaluating and testing your disaster recovery plan at least once a year helps to identify any gaps, as well as ensure that information is up-to-date and no fundamental components have changed.

According to the business continuity experts at ImpactWeather, there are five critical areas every company should consider when evaluating their disaster recovery plan. These areas are:

  1. The Plan Itself
  2. Secondary Site Location
  3. Disaster Recovery Office Space
  4. Connectivity
  5. Support

We partnered with ImpactWeather to refine these five areas into a Disaster Readiness Checklist. It also offers links to detailed online resources to further help you assess, refine, and/or implement your disaster recovery plan. Please take a few minutes to review this free online checklist.