The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tasked the National Examination Program (NEP) with reviewing the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans of dozens of financial services firms in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. It was the goal of the SEC and NEP to understand how financial services firms were impacted by the storm, how they enacted their BC and DR plans, and determine any opportunities for improvement. You can read their full report here.
Companies in office environments may have a tougher time recognizing when they are in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules. Employers are legally obligated to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Any employee can report an instance of potentially unsafe working conditions to OSHA. For businesses in industries such as manufacturing, medical, food service, or retail, OSHA’s standards should already be in place to prevent hazardous working conditions.
This Sunday, millions will tune in to watch the 49ers take on the Ravens in the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Like any large event, significant security risks arise when hundreds of thousands of people flock to the game and surrounding festivities. Bringing this many people into a city creates an inevitable disruption that can pop up overnight.
Maintaining a tactical and effective business continuity/crisis preparedness plan presents a certain level of difficulty and dedication when communicating with in-house employees. But what about when an employee works remotely? Communicating important timely information becomes exponentially more difficult for a dispersed workforce. Effective emergency communications with remote employees can be a vital resource in maintaining business continuity and productivity when a disaster or crisis strikes.
Natural disasters can deal a huge blow to your business’ operations. Preparing the business today will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to get things up and running in the aftermath. Business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet emergency planning may get placed on the back burner in the face of more immediate business concerns.