Pandemic adds another layer to disaster recovery during hurricane season

on "June 18, 2020 2:45 pm"

Agility Recovery, a CUNA Strategic Services business partner, is the only integrated business continuity solution in the market that helps you plan, train, test, alert, and recover. The Pacific Hurricane Season (June-November) is underway. The COVID-19 pandemic and all its implications add another layer to your preparedness plans.

 

2020 Pacific Hurricane Season Outlook

agility recovery logoThere is a 75% chance of near-or below-normal tropical cyclone activity during the Central Pacific hurricane season this year, according to NOAA. The outlook also indicates a 25% chance of an above-normal season.

For the season, two to six tropical cyclones are predicted for the Central Pacific hurricane region. This number includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes. A near-normal season has four or five tropical cyclones.

Protect Your Business from Hurricanes

According to Agility, 47% of all business interruptions recovered by the company in 2019 were caused by hurricanes.

With more than 30 years of experience in helping businesses prepare, respond, and recover from the impact of hurricanes including Katrina, Sandy and Dorian, Agility has developed helpful resources and best practices to incorporate into your business continuity plans. See Agility’s Hurricane Season Preparedness Checklist for steps to take to prepare your credit union for hurricanes or download the Hurricane Tabletop Exercise Template to test your emergency preparedness and business continuity plan.

Control the Impact a Disaster Has on Your Business

  • People: People are your most important asset. Practice the plan, communicate regularly, and empathize with their personal situations.
  • Property: Back-up and safely store all physical, financial and inventory assets.
  • Processes: Ensure all critical business processes are protected and can be applied in temporary environments.
  • Products: Track and manage all inventory, keeping customers and suppliers informed, managing their expectations.
  • Partners: Understand and confirm continuity plans with key partners and suppliers in advance.

Plan for Hurricane Season and COVID-19

Business continuity has moved to the forefront the past several months while businesses coped with COVID-19 impact. It is important for businesses to actively consider how this hurricane season will have a different impact on their workforce and operations, when many companies are still actively working through continuity of operations from the pandemic.

Considerations for Businesses:

  • What to do if your employees are working from home in a hurricane impacted region?
  • Will your employees be able to continue work?
  • How will you know if your employees are safe? How will you communicate with them and receive check-ins from them, on any device?
  • What to do if there is an evacuation?
  • What if there is a power/internet outage?
  • Does your office space backup plan allow for social distancing?

With the ongoing pandemic, this could be a hurricane season unlike any other. Make sure you have updated your business continuity process and solutions to compensate for these recent market conditions.

For more information about how Agility Recovery can help your credit union plan, train, test, alert and recover in a disaster, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the League.

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