Those of us who live in the Northeastern U.S. know more now than we ever thought we would about storm surges, go kits, transportation alternatives, D batteries and Weather Channel. I was fortunate -- in my sixth-floor apartment on the east side of Hoboken, N.J., the main impact of Hurricane Irene was anxiety (no floods, lost power, etc., unlike many other parts of the city). Still, I did not mind that I had filled my bathtub, stocked up on water and food, and kept my chargers nearby. I would rather prepare for the worst and feel sheepish afterward than regret that I didn't take things more seriously.
Insurance companies and other financial institutions have to run their businesses preparing for those worst-case scenarios. For anyone who needs a reminder, here is a very handy checklist that appeared on the web site of our sibling brand Bank Systems & Technology, from Zach Duke, EVP of Business Development at Safe Systems, Inc. , a firm that provides disaster recovery planning services. Among his recommendations:
To read the entire checklist of "10 Things You Should Do Today to Minimize the Impact of a Disaster," click here.
Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, members of UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek Financial Services. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and of Insurance & Technology in 1991. In addition to ... View Full Bio