Business Continuity & Disaster Planning Guide
Disaster recovery is the process in which business is resumed after a disruptive event. This event could be something like a hurricane, earthquake or even a blizzard. Business continuity starts with communication. Communicating the right information, to the right people, at the right time is essential to keep your business running. Many business executives ignore business continuity and disaster planning to their detriment. The critical first moments in implementing a business continuity plan is key! Having a communication plan in place will help mitigate risk and allow your company to continue to remain operational, not only after a natural disaster, but also major power outages, supply chain partner problems and other numerous challenges business face on a daily basis.
During Hurricane Sandy, service disruptions were reported in 158 counties and 10 states stretching from Maine to Virginia. At one point, approximately 25% of cell sites across these affected areas were out of commission and some 911 emergency call centers were disabled. In the New York City area, over 500,000 wired telephone lines and almost 60% of the wireless service networks were inoperable, with nearly 3,500 cell sites knocked off line.
During the Northeast Blackout of 2003 a widespread power outage occurred throughout eight states in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States, along with the province of Ontario Canada. Over 55 million people were affected. Cellular communications were severely disrupted and the wired telephones lines in large urban areas were overwhelmed by the volume of traffic. A large number of businesses and industry were closed in the affected area, and others were forced to close or slow work because of supply and communication problems.
More and more organizations around the world are moving towards satellite communications to maintain day to day operations. Globalstar provides “Communication Insurance,” an inexpensive off the network communication solution allowing for voice, email and data that can pay for itself by minimizing business impact of a disaster or an outage. Get our Satellite solution and a FEMA Kit below...
The Community for Accredited online schools has a very good set of guidelines for schools. It is extremely informative and a good resource to be prepared for any kind of disaster.
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Student's Guide to Global Warming
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Globalstar Satellite Solutions
Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires are just a few of the more common "Acts of God" disasters that your business should be prepared for. Acts of Terrorism are a newer type of problem that we must now also address. Satellites can transmit from areas with damaged or totally destroyed infrastructure making them a great option. Until recently, the costs of satellite service were substantially more than they current are today. Satellite technology has also improved vastly.
FEMA Disaster Preparation Kits
You can either buy it pre-assembled, or assemble your own Disaster Kit. As far as what you will need, it depends on how many employees. At a minimum, here is a list of the basic required and recommended essentials. Every business should have a plan. If your's does not have one yet, here are the four primary steps that FEMA's experts recommend. Download this FEMA preparations guide and it will help your organization to be prepared. Dr Wireless can handle the wireless connectivity part of this.
Always Connected & Always Protected
Anyone who has ever been in a retail store or restaurant that has lost power knows what kind of chaos this can create. If your business cannot afford losing connectivity, we have great solutions. The first involves backing up your main IP with a 4G LTE wireless router like above. These will "Fail-Over" to the backup IP, when needed. Alternatively, we have portable routers that are battery operated and/or can plug into your 12v car charger creating a mobile hotspot that can last as long as your car battery.