Today is Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexican heritage and pride and is observed throughout Mexico and parts of the southwest U.S. It’s also the fifth year in a row that I’ve posted on one blog or another about the need to be ready for the upcoming hurricane season – which starts June 1st – or, more importantly, for that single storm that shows up, breaks your town, causes extensive damage and screws up your company’s ability to keep making money.
Actually, if you’re a business continuity professional with assets or responsibilities along the Gulf of Mexico or East Coasts, right now probably seems a bit late to be reviewing, updating and improving your plans for the upcoming season. But it’s never too late to start. (Usually. The onslaught of Tropical Storm Allison’s 40-plus inches of rain in the first week of June in 2001 proved that one of the few aspects of Atlantic basin cyclone prediction that’s right on the money is when the first one might show up. And June 1st is just 26 days away.)
Last year’s hurricane season outlook was a bust, and that’s putting it mildly. Almost all of the major forecasting entities that issue season forecasts predicted that it would be a phenomenally busy year and that didn’t even come close to happening. In fact, it was the first season since 1968 not to have produced at least one storm above a category one. Sure enough, this year they’re predicting a slower than usual season. I’m not saying that there’s an inverse pattern at work. Just that it’s not the season you must prepare for, it’s that one damn storm.
This year all of us east of the Rockies had a much colder-than-usual winter and for many of us it’s still much cooler than we usually experience in early May. Yet another reason there might be a little procrastinating going on. And procrastination is anathema to surviving a major blow.
So get ready. And remember that no plan is complete without a pre-negotiated, guaranteed contract that ensures your critical personnel have somewhere to stay in the event of a deployment. Historical seasons generate clichés but one that never changes is that you need to make sure your people have somewhere dependable to get plenty of rest when you need them to be operating at their peak. Let us know if you’re interested in a free 30-minute consultation about your deployment housing needs.
Think positively but be ready. And never, ever take a ‘mere’ tropical storm for granted.
Just in time for the start of the hurricane season, we’re hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 22nd entitled “Surviving The Aftermath: Post-Storm Safety and Electric Utility Familiarization” presented by Warren Rogers, Safety and Health Program Administrator for Connecticut Light & Power, a veteran speaker and respected expert on the topic of electricity safety.
Attend this webinar. It’s only about 25 minutes long and after you watch it, you’ll be stunned about how often you and your family have come closer to being electrocuted than you ever thought. Register here.
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