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Chris Niccolls

Storms and Other Disasters

By October 30, 2012

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It rained all night, and the storm damage grew all night long. By the next day, the rain eased off and around noon you could see the first rays of sunshine, at least for a few moments. Sandy is quite a storm. Sandy did more to shut down Wall street than any other storm, blackout or terrorist attack. New York is an amazingly well designed location to avoid disasters. Our harbors naturally protect us from most storms, the geography isn't easily susuptable to earthquakes, tornadoes are rare and our infrastructure has tremendous redundancy. Yet, Wall Street is closed.

Disasters happen everywhere, all the time, and rarely when it's convenient. The new twist is that if the weather really is changing, the nature of disasters may change too. Rivers may flood more, or in different areas. Not just hurricanes, but ice storms can keep your employees away from work, even if the workplace itself is safe. And of course, wide-scale power disruptions from natural disasters as well as from demand exceeding capacity.

Hurricane Sandy is a reminder that disasters do happen. Have you thought about your disaster plan? If you have a plan, when was the last time you updated it? Make sure that it cannot only cover a disaster, but it can cover a 21st Century disaster!


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