The month of September is nearly finished, and will go on record as the most active month for Atlantic hurricanes, according to the ACE (Accumulated Cyclone Energy) Index.

As we’ve seen with Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, as well as the three major 8.1, 7.1, and 6.1 earthquakes in Mexico this month, such disasters often overwhelm first responders, such as the fire and police departments.

Get Involved – Why?

As Ready.gov indicates, community leaders agree that trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action help to increase the support of emergency response agencies during these difficult times.

There are many ways to do so.  Last December, my son and I enrolled in the local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).  While we learned many things during this course, a big takeaway is the need for us to take more individual responsibility to help ourselves, our families, our community, and our business.[/vc_column_text]

CERT Volunteers learning how to move thousands of pounds of cement with just a lever
Simi Valley CERT class of 2016
Caleb and I at our onsite CERT disaster simulation

For more ways to get involved in your community, see https://www.ready.gov/get-involved

Business Leaders – Get Your Employees Involved

As CEO of a local IT business focused on Disaster Recovery and Preparedness, I can also attest to the value of raising awareness with your local employees.  Not only are many of our employees like a second family, but their well being and safety is crucial to the operation of our businesses after a serious disaster.

As I posted in the last section on ‘Practice Your Plan’, on Friday the 22nd, we had a local BBQ and Happy Hour and emphasized the importance of preparedness.  We showed our staff how to operate fire extinguishers, had raffle prizes for DR preparedness quizzes, showed off emergency kits, and emphasized how important it is for families to be ready.

AllConnected’s Team Preparing during National Preparedness Month
AllConnected’s Team Preparing during National Preparedness Month
Raising awareness really helps.  Throughout the month of September, we’ve encouraged employees to get disaster kits together.  Comments back from our staff include ‘thank you for raising awareness on preparing – it helped us to refresh our really stale emergency kits’, and ‘with so much tragedy this month in different parts of the world, the practical reminders we received every week at AllConnected really made a difference for our family’.

A Month of NPM in Review

Ready.gov has encouraged us to take 4 important steps this month, in regard to ensuring we are prepared:

  • Know Your Risks
  • Develop a Plan
  • Practice / Test Your Plan
  • Get Involved

Repeat this checklist at least annually to ensure that you are better prepared for the unexpected.

Disaster Preparedness for Information Technology

If you don’t have a lot of confidence in your organization’s disaster recovery plan, or it’s been a while since you have tested your plan, call us!  At AllConnected, we understand what it takes to recover.  We can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your business IT is going to recovery in the midst of any production issues.  Do you know that your IT will recover today?  If not, we’d love a chance to talk about providing you that confidence.

Stay Prepared and Tell Your Friends,

Alan McDonald
CEO, AllConnected