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An active hurricane season imposes an unwelcome set of additional challenges for businesses and executives. Immediate concerns include the safety and security of employees, as well as the prevention of damage to physical facilities. However, CIOs must also be prepared to successfully overcome the challenge of maintaining business continuity in the event of a hurricane. Short and long-term impacts on customers, suppliers, partners, and employees can arise if communications and critical IT systems are lost or down for even a short period of time as the result of a storm.
Business continuity and business viability are closely linked. In the days and months following these recent devastating hurricanes, a handful of businesses fared much better than average. These companies had a combination of the right disaster recovery program in place and had technology solutions to maintain contact with their employees, customers, vendors, and ‘the outside world’. They executed strategies with built-in ﬂexibility to swiftly react to situations and ultimately provided excellent resilience for their organizations. While many companies struggled for months to bring their operations and staff back to capacity, these organizations remained open for business, quickly relocated staff, maintained effective internal & external communications and were able to maintain operations without a devastating ﬁnancial impact.