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facilities, people or supply routes in the storm's path?
Winter weather is on its way and it could be especially unpredictable as a strong El Niño brings unusual weather across the globe.
As we saw during so-called “snowmageddon” or "snowpocalypse" events in the past couple of years, winter weather can have a massive impact business continuity and supply chain by interfering with:
- The mobility of travelers and local workers
- The flow of goods and equipment
- Infrastructure including power, cable and other networks
Here are some tips to help your command center operators and analysts be better prepared to handle the next major winter storm to minimize its impact on employee and traveler safety, supply chains and business continuity.
Get a handle on your assets: Where are your employees, travelers, facilities, and supply routes? What’s vulnerable: what needs heat or power in order to remain operational?
Develop your SOPs before you need them: If the power goes out at your headquarters or a data center, what should employees do in order to maintain critical functions? If there’s a blizzard warning for a several locations, who should be notified and when?
Take stock of your information sources: When an ice storm hits, your command center may be watching TV news and calling your many building managers to understand the storm’s impact. Are there better ways – through social media and other sources – to get a handle on the situation, without putting your people in harm’s way?
Rehearse your response: Gather your command center team and run through how you would respond specifically to an ice storm that cripples your supply chain or blizzard that keeps employees from making it to work. The goal of the rehearsal is to identify problems and work on solutions before the stakes are high.
Command center software is designed to empower your operators and analysts more handle operational risks – like winter weather – more proactively and efficiently. Visual Command Center’s exclusive Alert, Assess, and Act functionality empowers some of the largest organizations in the world to protect employees and travelers, maintain business continuity and improve supply chain risk management.
Automatic alerts let you know when your employees, facilities, supply chain and other assets are in a storm’s path, and empowers your command center to understand the situation and take action with a few clicks in a browser.