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September 25, 2018
This is a three-part blog series with lessons Net Friends learned from Hurricane Florence:
Below are the important dates regarding Hurricane Florence and Net Friends’ corresponding emergency response:
On Monday, September 10th, with Hurricane Florence projected to hit North Carolina as a Category 4 Hurricane, it became apparent to us that we needed to begin Emergency Response planning and that we were already well behind where we wanted to be when the storm made landfall. We pinpointed certain items as some of the most important to have in place in order to sustain business during a major emergency. However, despite our best efforts to have them rolled out by the time the storm hit, time and other factors caught us flat-footed when the storm did finally arrive. We learned many valuable lessons from Hurricane Florence that we hope to share with our readers.
Before there is another crisis, we must have the following firmly in place:
These details are so incredibly important to have in place and in written form, not only to think through potential situations you can imagine, but also to prepare yourself and your staff for potential situations you may never even see coming.
And speaking of those unforeseen situations, read our followup blog post, Hurricane Florence, What We Didn’t See Coming, where I’ll share just those types of scenarios with you and steps and precautions you can take to protect yourself and your staff in the event such a situation arises.
What precautions and planning did you do to prepare for Hurricane Florence? Did you learn any lessons from this storm? What emergency response procedures do you plan on having in place in the event of another emergency like this one? We’d love for you to share.