This past year, many organizations were directly affected by a number of devastating hurricanes, fires, tornados and other natural disasters. An article by Homeland Security News Wire explains that if you, your employees or friends and neighbors were affected by a natural disaster, you may be eligible for a generous break on your taxes.
Today, as soon as an event occurs, the story is distributed around the world via the many non-traditional news sources that comprise the social media universe. If a company can’t keep up with this rapid dissemination of news, the media and the community will quickly stop listening to them. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are where increasing numbers of people turn to for immediate news, and companies everywhere are discovering the benefits of using these outlets within their organizations.
In her article, “Small businesses hit harder by hurricanes and earthquakes” Deborah L. Cohen claims that the likelihood of a smaller business reopening after being hit by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake is very low. In fact, nearly 25% of these organizations close their doors for good. Cohen further explains that a key aspect in these small businesses recovering from such crisis events is developing a plan to ensure the continuity of their business. Incorporating the following aspects into your business continuity plan is essential to its effectiveness.
Since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the US Government has made a concerted effort to improve emergency communications within agencies and the public during times of crisis. Tools such as smartphones and the use of social media have played a major role in this effort. They have allowed public safety organizations and the general public to exchange firsthand accounts of crisis events, enabling responders to pinpoint, to the minute, exactly what happened in the crisis.
Welcome to the new FEI Crisis Management blog page! Our vision for this page is to provide a forum to share stories, articles and information that may be of interest to our clients and those within the crisis management community. We hope to provide a forum where all who visit are also welcome to ask questions and share information that is of interest to them. From time to time we will post questions to you and invite your participation in a discussion of issues that are affecting our customers and companies around the world. Our clients represent a wide and varied cross-section of businesses, nationalities, and perspectives, and we hope that this forum will provide a meeting place of ideas and information for all.