This week on March 11th, we mark the anniversary of the triple disaster which struck northern Japan in 2011. The earthquake, and subsequent tsunami and nuclear meltdown took over 18,000 lives and displaced over 470,000 people. Now in 2017, there are still over 127,000 people without a permanent home. Although the physical effects of Japan’s disaster may not have directly affected the readers of this article, the disruption of supply chain elements due to unexpected events can affect everyone. As shown by the 2011 Japan Tsunami, it can take months for the effects of natural disasters to reverberate down the supply chain. Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and Tropical Cyclone Matthew continue to serve as a reminder of how important it is for every business, regardless of size, to make supply chain management a priority. To help you determine your vendors’ ability to continue service despite any sort of disruption to normal operations, we suggest downloading the simple PrepareMyBusiness.org Vendor Assessment form.
Threats & Although this disaster was unprecedented, the fact remains that unexpected weather, severe storms and small-scale isolated events do indeed occur. This harsh reality demonstrates the critical importance of preparing your business – no matter where you live. Agility Recovery can provide you with the educational tools to assess your preparedness risk and focus on your business continuity process by having a management plan in place ahead of any event. Learn more from Agility’s educational Webinars on Assessing Risks and Developing an Emergency Management Plan which provide helpful tips on what to do before, during and after the storm.
Should your organization has been impacted by an unanticipated incident, Agility’s Member Services and Operations teams are ready to provide customers with any or all of the six key recovery elements: power, space, computer systems, communications, planning and/or testing. If you need advice or have immediate questions, contact (866) 364-9696.