The long-term effects of lousy weather

All too often dramatic events capture the world’s ear for a few days or weeks, soon to fade away and be replaced by the next big story. Although the drama of a cataclysm can quickly fade, in the aftermath there may be repercussions that last weeks, months and even years. We’ve seen this with Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last year and, more recently, flooding in Thailand.

The floods in Thailand began in July and lasted until December. Although monsoon flooding like this is not uncommon in Thailand, the amount and duration of the rain was unprecedented, and the amount of damage was extensive. Millions of people were displaced and thousands of business disrupted. Many businesses remain closed and only time will tell which will eventually reopen. The impact on the global supply chain continues to reverberate.

If these weather extremes have got you wondering if your business continuity plan is what it should be and if you have the right tools to communicate with your employees, suppliers and customers when severe weather threatens, you’re not alone.