Katrina’s Aftermath: Five Key Areas to Consider
Given the devastation in the South and the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the nation is asking itself some key questions: How did this happen? And what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
Since the major media outlets across the country have done an excellent job keeping us up-to-date on this tragedy, we’d like to devote this week’s edition of the Continuity e-Guide to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the stories you didn’t catch on CNN, FOX or the networks, but that directly affect the world of business continuity and emergency preparedness. If you have additional stories you think our readers would appreciate, or would like to comment, please reply to the addresses at the end of this newsletter.
Tragedy Puts New Emphasis on Personal Responsibility and the Family
While BC professionals have preached for years that we need to prepare our businesses to withstand natural disasters, Katrina has raised an important question: Did we forget to prepare ourselves and our families? Click HERE>>
The All-Hazards Debate Rages on as Experts Question FEMA’s Priorities
Repercussions of Hurricane Force Us to Rethink Business Continuity
Even before Katrina, many experts questioned whether or not FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security focused on adequately protecting us from natural disaster. Now the debate is more heated than ever. Click HERE>>
While 9/11 has long been thought of as a “wake up call” for organizations to finally see the need to implement business continuity plans, given the aftermath of Katrina, did we really learn our lesson? Click HERE>>
Are Models and Predictions Effective at Showing us Where to Spend?
Experts and computer models were able to predict almost everything that has happened in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but can they really tell us where we should be allocating our funds? Click HERE>>
Have Disaster Recovery and IT Professionals Prepared Adequately?
IT professionals have focused on disaster recovery for some time now, but faced with the devastation caused by Katrina, have they adequately prepared themselves for today’s new reality? Click HERE>>
Past Warnings, Present Discussions & Future Predictions Click HERE>>
• Washing Away: A 5-part Special Report from the Times Picayune
• A Revolution Needed in U.S. Emergency Management
• The FEMA Drill on Worst Case New Orleans Scenario
• Forbes Report: The $100 Billion Hurricane
Response, Recovery & Rebuilding Click HERE>>
•North American Center For Emergency Communications Needs Help
NACEC is in need of large quantities of commercial radio communications equipment. If your company would like to assist, please get in contact with NACEC at www.nacec.org
• Small Business Disaster Survival Guide
When the winds build and disaster strikes, some tips on how to get back to work fast.
• Google Is Everywhere
Now its new map technology is helping hurricane victims and their families track damage and each other.
• Commentary: Recovery Through Logistics
Of course it won't be easy for New Orleans to return to normalcy, but the key is in planning and execution.
Resources Click HERE>>
• Missing Persons
• Housing Information
• Federal Programs
• Mental Health
How to Help Click HERE>>
• Former Presidents Unite to Create a Fund
• A List of Charities
• Forbes Offers Caution