This has been a trying week for many of us. Personally, I lost power on Sunday afternoon and it did not come back until Wednesday morning. I know that many of our customers lost power at home and work and i thought it an appropriate time to discuss the reliance that our businesses have on electricity.
On Sunday night I tried to go to dinner in Bethesda – along with the rest of the world. Those restaurants had record sales. Similarly, I went to the local grocery store yesterday to restock, and found them restocking as well. Three days of no power cost them all their Rosen and refrigerated food – talk about record losses.
At CNS, we were lucky. We had power for the duration, and our distributed workforce makes it easy to keep the business running when one facility is not available. However, what if our main office had lost power for three days? A good portion of our staff was in the dark as well. The point here is that our business continuity plan would not have covered this type of event. Does yours?
Right after a major event, whether your fared well or failed miserably, is the best time to evaluate your continuity plan. Right now, schedule a 30 minute meeting with your management team to chat about your plan, this event and what needs to be changed.
How did you fare?