Hurricane Season is upon us!  Is your company and staff prepared?  Whether you have offices and staff located in areas that could be directly affected by a storm, you need to consider the impact an area shutdown could have on your business operations.

If you have an office or offices in an area that could be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane, consider these.

  • Do you have a Business Continuity Plan?
  • Do you have an established call tree to ensure the safety and well-being of your employees?
  • How will you communicate updates to your employees?
  • Can your company accommodate remote work in the event of an office closure?
  • How will you assess the condition of your office or offices without jeopardizing safety?

If you do not have an office or offices in an area that could be directly impacted by a storm, you still need to consider the far-reaching impacts.  Should an area shutdown occur, will it impact your business operations?  For instance, if you receive shipments at an impacted port, do you have the ability to re-route to another port?  What will the cost impact for doing so be to your business?

While hurricane season brings to light the impact of a storm, the same questions apply to other potentially catastrophic events: earthquakes, snow storms, fires, etc.  Having a plan in place is key to ensuring your employees’ safety and the ability to continue business operations.

One solution to consider is contingent labor.  ICON Information Consultants has qualified professionals in almost every industry across the United States and Canada who are able to ramp up quickly based on their background and skillsets.  They can help fill in the “gaps” while your employees are unable to work, whether it be during the storm or in the recovery aftermath.

Thinking about a potential catastrophe is not an easy subject to broach.  But an action plan can be key to getting your business through it and more importantly, give your employees time to recover.

Call us today to discuss how we can be a part of your Business Continuity Plan.

Written By: Karen House