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.