Tag Archives: Disaster Preparedness

Structural Failure Generates Fears of Quake or Sinkhole; What Would You Do/Grab?

Residents of a low-rise office building on Houston’s southeast side got a frightening surprise from a nasty jolt on Friday morning and many thought it was an earthquake or that maybe a sinkhole was about to swallow them up.  Turns out it was neither.  A retaining bolt on one of the building’s main support columns […]

“This smells funny. Here, taste it!” Time to Rotate Your Emergency Supply Food

After a brief but jarringly disruptive major snow event in the Northeast U.S. over Halloween weekend, the country finds itself in a relative lull, at least weather-wise.  However, the line of thunderstorms that rolled through the South last night, killing six in Georgia and the Carolinas, reminds us that there’s never, ever a time that […]

Tropical Season Waning, Take Advantage to Shore Up Your Disaster Recovery Effectiveness

Only seven percent of the U.S. population has taken basic preparedness steps at their house?  Seriously?  Does the other 93% think they’re mysteriously immune when – not if – life gets difficult?   “Some of the statistics are shocking,” according to Mike Thomson, our Business Continuity Services manager. As the tropical season begins to wind down […]

BCP 101 – A Business Continuity Planning Beginner’s Checklist [free 30-min webinar]

The Association of Contingency Planners presents its sixth webinar in our year-long series of BC/DR presentations sponsored by ImpactWeather, Inc. As with many critical processes, getting started is often the hardest part.  Join us on September 22nd at 10:30C for BCP 101 – A Business Continuity Planning Beginner’s Checklist, an introduction to Business Continuity Planning that […]

National Preparedness Month 2011 – What Disaster Preparedness Really Means During This Crazy Weather Year

For years we’ve been touting the real need – not just “the really good idea that you should probably think about sometime” – for proper preparedness .   It’s time to actually get prepared for when and not if you’re affected by a disaster.  As we begin National Preparedness Month, 2011 seems to be the year […]

Housing for Critical Personnel: The Missing Piece of Most Disaster Plans [free 20-min. webinar]

Landfall is imminent.  (This is a hypothetical situation; there is currently no significant threat to the U.S. mainland.) The clock is ticking, the anticipation is palpable and this time it’s for real.  But your people, resources and plans – tested and re-tested – are in place and you’re confident.   Your hatches are battened.  You’ll get […]

What If Half Your Employees Had No Hurricane Experience At All?

[Today, a guest-posting from Mike Thomson, ImpactWeather Manager of Client Services & Business Continuity Programs, which was inspired by an informal yet interesting survey conducted by one of our staff earlier this week.] Everyone’s heard the numbers – 40% of businesses that experience a disaster never re-open and of those that are forced to shut down […]

Association of Contingency Planners Announces New Webinar Series

Throughout 2011, ImpactWeather will be hosting a series of webinars on behalf of the Association for Contingency Planners and the first one, Human Resiliency Within the Supply Chain, will take place at 10:30C on Wednesday, April 20th.  This is a free, one-hour webinar that will focus on human resilience and logistics within the supply chain. […]

Anniversaries and “It Just Takes One”

Perhaps the media is a bit behind the curve, but I think most government agencies with public safety in mind have caught on and are spreading the word: It just takes one storm. It’s not about the number of storms expected. It’s not about a busy season or a quiet season. It’s about being prepared […]

Disaster-Related Absenteeism, Sure. But What’s “Presenteeism”?

Hurricane Frances, 2004.  Photo: NASA It’s a given that the more prepared an employee is for a severe weather disaster or other type of situation that can close a business, the more likely that employee will be able to return to work afterwards, therefore substantially reducing the wide-scale absenteeism that has such a brutal effect […]