The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released an updated outlook for the rest of the 2011 hurricane season, predicting rougher times ahead. NOAA’s new season outlook indicates an 85% chance for an above-normal season with only a 15% chance of a near-normal season and no current chance of a below-normal season.
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.
Natural disasters have stayed in the headlines this year with blizzards crippling the East Coast, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand and a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan, severe flooding in Australia and the Mississippi River in the US, and dozens of tornadoes devastating the South. These significant weather events occur every year and according to Bimal Paul, professor of geography at Kansas State University, they will increase in frequency and severity over the next 20+ years.
The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program is moving forward, but no one really knows how soon it will be rolled out. Congress asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create and implement a voluntary program of accreditation and certification programs for private entities that encourage private sector preparedness including disaster management, emergency management and business continuity programs.