First-hand reports of disasters like Hurricane Sandy are critical for understanding how your company might be affected by the next disaster.
In this video, Bruce Biegel, Senior Managing Director of Winterberry Group, shares his company’s experiences in Lower Manhattan.
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At it’s peak, the tidal surge hitting Battery Park, just 1,800 feet south of Winterberry’s headquarters, was 16 feet. Yet they didn’t get the worst of it. As Bruce says in the video above, buildings south of Beaver Street were out for months. Beaver Street is just half a block south of Winterberry’s office. That’s how close it was.
During the 2 weeks Winterberry was out of their offices, Bruce and his team moved into their apartments and kept the business going. Their IT director hiked up 38 floors to get the company’s servers out and set them up in his apartment.
Bruce’s main lessons from Hurricane Sandy:
- Make sure your data is backed up offsite
- Make sure there’s a plan
- Get beyond any single point of failure
Is your company ready for the next big business interruption? Will you be dependent on the staff member who will hike up 38 floors to get servers or re-activate your voice communications? Those stories are fun to tell, but they are signs of a weak business continuity plan.
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