Editor’s top 5 articles: Disaster management
It shouldn’t take a catastrophic event to initiate a review of disaster protocols, but unfortunately that is often the case.
In the wake of the local and global events of the past year or so, it is imperative that your company employees know exactly what to do in a disaster situation and know what to do after the event, when access to work may not be possible. Do you have a central communication hub for employees to externally access information on the status of their job and company? Do you pay your employees through a disaster when working is not possible?
Below are some blog posts that have tips and information for planning for the un-planned, including a first-hand description of a business going through and surviving the Christchurch earthquakes, plus why social media should be part of your survival strategy.
By Dan Weedin on Weedin360
In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Dan shares five points every business – big or small – should do to avoid downtime and disaster. Some of it is as simple as getting back to regularly practicing emergency drills, like most of us did at primary school.
By Kit Jeffrey for the Portland HR Management Association
Kit explains why social media is important to include in your continuity plans, one reason being it is an effective way to get information to those who need it when other communication systems may be affected by a disaster.
She also points out that HR is even more important when disasters strike.
By SpaceBug for The Ezypay Lounge
This is a fantastic post from the front-line. Read about one business who went through the Christchurch earthquakes and what recovery strategies they implemented to get back on track and survive the carnage.
It also includes a first-hand experience of the February earthquake and the importance of people coming first, despite everything else that is at stake.
By Paul J. McGovern
By Eric Davis from i4cp
Although this is an older blog post including information from the Japanese disasters, it has some fantastic tips on what to include in strategies for dealing with disasters.
Eric also makes the point that although your business might not be directly affected by a disaster, there may well be ripple effects, as we have seen with the Christchurch earthquakes. Be prepared and make sure management aren’t the only ones that know what to do in a disaster.