Don Henley is right: everything can change in a New York Minute, and his lyrics underscore our standard focus on response to an emergency. Even in the best of conditions, post incident recovery is a long- term challenge requiring a leveling between response and recovery planning. The deplorable processing delays in veterans benefits is another example: we ramp up well; we didn’t plan how to re-integrate and support our veterans returning home from defending our freedom. Here’s a few pointers to get you started on what to do after the siren’s wail stops.
The people of Boston are to be congratulated for being the critical partner in responding to a disaster and apprehending a terrorist who killed 4 and injured nearly 200 of their neighbors and guests. When I served as as the Community Preparedness Coordinator for Miami-Dade County, Fl I educated and motivated the public to prepare their households before a disaster, and developed communication capabilities to engage them to respond when one occurred.
Your business lives with risk every day from competitors, cash flow, and changing technology. If you work somewhere where there is weather, rely on utilities in your workplace, or need clean water to run your business, then you need to integrate business continuity planning (BCP) into your business operations. Effective BCP prepares you to meet the challenges that disruptive incidents can have on your bottom line and require you to develop that expertise or hire it.