This is likely the most repeated phrase of the day across the Midwest and many other areas of the U.S. who are currently dealing with a polar vortex which is triggering the coldest Arctic outbreak in at least two decades.

It’s so bad the postal service – which has a motto of “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”cancelled service yesterday. Blasts of frigid Arctic air made it so cold in Chicago, rail crews set the train tracks on fire to ensure the trains could run smoothly.

And, here in Atlanta, five years ago we experienced our own “Snowpocalypse” where just two inches of snow stranded thousands and shut down the city.

With life-threatening cold weather and bone-chilling wind chill in full force, now’s the time to scrape the ice off your business continuity plan (BCP) to ensure the safety of your workforce and preserve continuity of operations.

Here are some things to consider as a potential cold weather event approaches:

  • Should you be concerned?
  • What actions are you taking to prepare for the winter weather?
  • How will this winter storm disrupt your normal business operations?
  • Who oversees the situation?

Once the weather event has passed, important organizational decisions need to be made:

  • How will the winter storm affect your ability to conduct normal business operations?
  • Will your employees need to work from home?
  • Have you communicated with your customers?
  • What are your plans for power outages that may last several days?
  • Who is responsible for determining when to resume normal operations?

Don’t jeopardize the safety of your workforce and the operations of your business!

Having an up-to-date BCP enables your organization to respond to, and recover from, a winter storm in accordance with established plans. The best continuity plans clarify roles and responsibilities, improve coordination, and provide guidance for decision making during a crisis.

At Preparis, we have developed cloud-based technology to improve the way organizations communicate and react to critical events, like extreme winter weather. Our solution includes tabletop exercises and checklists from industry experts so your organization can mitigate risk, eliminate business impacts, and make sure the workforce is protected.

For help with dealing with the extreme cold, download our extreme cold checklist, or if you would like to learn more about our solution, click here.