Business plans typically focus on production, forecasts, meeting and exceeding client expectations and growth. Yet, how does a business continue vital operations in the face of disaster and adversity? How is forward momentum maintained along with stockholder and client/customer confidence? Only through an effective business continuity program sustained by training and exercises are business entities able to weather not only the proverbial, but literal storm.
According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2018 (as of July 9) there have been 6 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. Trends the agency has studied since 1980 indicate that climate-related disasters are on the rise [NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2018). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/]. Business continuity is tantamount to risk management, which in turn ultimately saves money while allowing for continued operations during times of crisis.
Exercising roles, responsibilities, and procedures can also ensure that your organization functions more effectively under any circumstance – even in everyday operations. Such investments pay dividends for employee engagement, effective management, and organizational efficiency. SummitET™ can assist with COOP plan development and training, as well as helping to fulfill your other preparedness solution needs.
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