Business Continuity NewsBriefs - December 5, 2018
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Emergency Planning for Winter Weather

December 5, 2018 - With winter on the way (and, in some cases, already hitting hard), we should definitely be reviewing our plans to keep things running if the worst weather strikes. What if employees can't get to work? What if your building has no power or is flooded? Do you know what your winter weather risks are? These articles could help refine your plans for the weather ahead.

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." 
-- Carl Reiner --

1. Make Telecommuting Part of Your Business Continuity Plan

Telecommuting could be a key business continuity tool that enables businesses to maintain operations even if the workplace itself is shut down. While disruptions such as widespread power outages could still cause problems for some employees, telecommuting could help a business avoid a total shutdown by relying on remote employees to perform vital job functions. Highlighted here are some ideas about how business owners can include telecommuting in their business continuity plans, and what other considerations should be made before implementing this type of strategy.

2. Winter is coming: is your disaster recovery ready?

Hacks, ransomware attacks and data losses have caught many headlines over the past year as their frequency increases and their impact widens. But, with the worst of the winter weather still ahead of us, the damage Mother Nature can inflict can often take a back seat to these more high profile causes of downtime, especially when it comes to disaster recovery planning.

3. Don't Let Winter Weather Freeze Your Small Business

Depending upon where your business operates, winter weather is an unpredictable challenge that predictably arrives every year. In other words, we all know it is going to happen - we just don't know when or how hard it will hit. Taking a few precautions and making a clear weather safety plan now will keep your small business ahead of whatever nature might throw your way.

4. How Your Organization Can Best Manage Severe Winter Weather

With no control over Mother Nature, organizations are left to figure out how they can best minimize damage from adverse weather. The trick is to stay ahead of the game and lay out a clear preparedness and responsiveness plan for your organization to follow. Living in the Northeast, we have a lot of first-hand experience preparing for severe weather. Here is our step-by-step guide to preparation and response when winter weather strikes.

5. Requiring Employees to Come to Work in Snow Often OK

Think twice before requiring your employees to come to work during a snow or ice storm: Companies can require workers to report to work unless a governmental order bans travel, such as the one that was instituted in New York City during the blizzard of 2016. But employers may face a negligence or wrongful death lawsuit if an employee is involved in an accident while in transit.

6. Four Steps of Business Continuity Planning During a Boston Blizzard

After more than 100 inches of snow, no amount of camaraderie or hard work could disguise the fact that local businesses were being hit hard. With transport restricted and schools closed, even businesses that did not rely on local footfall were feeling the pressure: workers simply couldn't get into work. With winter fast approaching, we've put together three achievable business continuity planning steps that your organization can take to protect against challenging conditions this winter.

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