Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast at the end of October creating significant damage throughout New York and New Jersey. Many residents and businesses were without power for days and in many instances weeks. The storm damaged coastal homes and properties and in certain cases devastated entire towns.
How did your business fare during and after the storm? If you were not seriously impacted was it due to being prepared or were you lucky? Were you prepared in that you had a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in place to call on, or were you lucky that you were able to scramble for alternatives, or were there no significant service disruptions experienced? Did your prior planning ensure that redundancy was available and alternate measures in place to sustain business operations and that those who could not get to work had designees in place to take over in the interim?
Now is the time to take stock of your preparedness and assess what went well and how you might have done better. Many times an outage will expose weaknesses in a company’s BCP and Disaster Recovery Planning. We heard from numerous businesses that felt the effects of Sandy and realized they were not prepared. Equipment damage, data losses and long standing service outages and an inability to rapidly provide alternate resources hurt those businesses.
Companies that prepared plans and tested their viability ongoing did remarkably well. Critical services were available and key business activities continued. The effort to develop, execute and manage the plan was well worth it to those who prepared.
Network Management Solutions provides Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning. For more information please contact us.