2019 saw $14 billion weather and climate disasters. Of these disasters, three were floods along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas Rivers. The Mississippi River flooding broke the record for longest flood, surpassing the 1927 Great Flood. Roughly 14 million people were impacted by flooding in 2019 and 200 million were at risk. It was estimated at some point during 2019 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) that two-thirds of the lower 48 states could see flooding.
With most of the current focus being on COVID-19, businesses should still remain vigilant and not get caught off guard in case of other business disruptions such as natural disasters.
To truly appreciate the impact the flood had on businesses and households let’s take a look at some statistics:
- the Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers drain more than 40% of the landmass of the continental United States;
- the cost of infrastructure damage and emergency response was estimated at $2 billion, an amount likely to rise;
- homeowners had to wait 180 days in certain areas for the flood water to drain; and
- businesses flooded and became inaccessible and the flood further deterred the flow of farm supplies in, crops out; and
- overall recovery times are estimated between 10 and 25 years.
2. Be prepared, not scared
Flood preparation is an essential component of disaster planning and business continuity for every organization. Keeping in mind that both short- and long-term damage needs to be addressed – from extensive and obvious damage to your building and your IT infrastructure to not-so-obvious damage such as moisture incursion in the walls. Either way, it is crucial to understand what you’re dealing with and to ensure that you follow best practices to address and speedily recover from the consequences.
The bottom line is that the best thing an organization can do to be prepared for a disaster such as the Great Flood of 2019, is to have a fundamentally sound business continuity plan in place.
3. How can Plan4Continuity assist?
Plan4Continuity is a unique cloud SaaS solution that creates cloud-based disaster recovery plans and business continuity automation as live application in minutes. In addition, it offers more than 20 continuity templates that include a plan for flood preparedness and reaction. Every plan also includes “Broadcast”, “Call Tree” and “Roll Call” technology with asset detection to create servers and assets as part of any client’s disaster recovery and business continuity plan. Broadcast refers to the ability to instantly text mobile devices in the event of a disaster whereas roll calls include the options to indicate safety status or if help is required. This is all tracked and visible in real-time. Call Tree allows you to send email and text to anyone instantly inside or outside the company to coordinate, automate and orchestrate the disaster.
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