Thought it has fallen off the mainstream news cycle, Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt throughout the northeastern seaboard. The cleanup is an ongoing effort, many are still without homes, and federal and state governments still struggle to get aid to those most affected. In the midst of all this, some are contemplating a permanent move from the region, anticipating Sandy is simply a harbinger of future, more severe storms.
On the eve of a legendary benefit concert poised to raise millions in support of Sandy relief, where sheer spectacle is bound to provide a welcome distraction from post-storm woes, it’s worth revisiting what lessons can actually be learned from the event, and applied to mitigate the impacts of future storms. While public safety is an obvious topic of discussion, what’s not assessed as regularly is the occupational health and safety component, and how preparedness can be extended outside the home, right into the workplace.
Forbes.com contributor and social entrepreneur David Roth did a great job communicating how businesses can apply lessons learned from Sandy in a great, from-the-trenches article on what he did to prepare, and what he learned to do differently. From ensuring you have covered all the small things, such as ensuring you have everyone’s contact information (on a real list, that is, not digital), to the bigger items, for example, building out a comprehensive early evacuation plan, to the things you don’t necessarily think about, like how people will cope with the stress associated with a major disaster, Roth covers many bases in his insightful piece.
If you want to get a head start on thinking about how you and your business will prepare for the next Sandy, check out Roth’s article, Lessons from a Hurricane: What Sandy Taught Me.