Account for infrastructure risks in your planning
Summer is not without its share of hazards due to the hot weather.
From storms triggering electrical outages to droughts that can contribute to wildfires, to high heat temperatures impacting air quality — all of these hazards have the potential to cause detrimental impacts to your organization.
Unpredictable weather can greatly impact your organization’s infrastructure, including your technology, facilities and staffing. Does your emergency and continuity management program address the hazards of summer?
All businesses are reliant on utilities. And in the summer, the potential for restrictions or interruptions to your electricity, water and natural gas increases. The American Meteorological Association notes “facilities lose their capability to provide (health) services when they lose critical services such as power, HVAC, and plumbing or when they have limited staff.”
Having alternatives prepared in the event of an impact to your facilities’ operations enables minimal business disruption when managed effectively. Perhaps your office loses air conditioning due to a power outage, or your warehouse experiences process limitations because of water restrictions?
Computer data centres rely on electricity, and often on water as well, to cool the components and prevent damage. This makes them highly susceptible to utility outages. And on the digital front, interruption of technology not only reduces productivity, it can pose risks to the confidentiality of your intellectual property and impact your reputation when your customer cannot access you through your website or social media.
Often the negative effect on your organization’s bottom line is greater than anticipated. “Many companies are unprepared for business disruptions caused by power blackouts, and are often unaware of the true costs and impact that they can have on their operations.”
Having a strong management plan for your business’s continuity is imperative, specifically when your organization’s capacity and capabilities are limited. Include work arounds, alternatives and redundancies in your planning this summer, rain or shine.
Reviewing and reinforcing the importance of preparedness with your teams, your executives and your stakeholders is key.
Contact CCEM Strategies today to find out how we can help you be prepared this summer.