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As we approach the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, it is essential for us to be prepared and equipped to handle any potential disruptions to our operations. The safety and well-being of our University community is our utmost priority. This month we will focus on key mission continuity preparedness steps and resources for hurricane preparedness.
Hurricane Season Ahead

Develop a Comprehensive Emergency Plan

A well-prepared and regularly updated emergency action plan is the foundation of effective hurricane preparedness. It should include clear guidelines for evacuation procedures, sheltering, communication channels, and recovery processes. Make sure the plan is accessible to all relevant stakeholders and conduct regular drills and exercises to ensure familiarity with procedures.

Water Prevention Measures

Water damage can cause significant disruptions to our operations. Take proactive steps to prevent or minimize water intrusion by inspecting working areas for signs of water intrusion. Identify vulnerable areas prone to flooding, develop strategies to address them, and report leaks promptly.

Protecting Records and Data

Records retention is a crucial aspect of business continuity. Ensure critical records, including academic, financial, and personnel information, are backed up and stored securely. Implement data redundancy measures to minimize the risk of data loss.

Establish Recovery Priorities

Identify essential functions and prioritize their recovery to minimize downtime. Develop contingency plans for alternative locations and equipment if necessary. Create partnerships with other departments and units to facilitate mutual support during recovery efforts.

Resources for Plan Managers

These resources provide guidance and tools to help prepare for hurricanes and ensure continuity of operations. They cover various aspects, including emergency planning, communication, protection against water damage, data retention, and more. Remember to refer to these resources for detailed information. Stay informed and prepared for a safe hurricane season!

National Weather Service: Understand your risk from hurricanes, begin pre-season preparations now. Make sure you understand how to interpret forecasts and alerts, and know what to do before, during, and after a storm.
National Weather Service hurricane map
Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit: The Ready Business Program for Hurricane and the Preparedness and Mitigation Project Plan allow users to take action to help ensure business continuity.
Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit
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