The first 2013 Hurricane Season Forecast and Prognosis

The first 2013 Hurricane Season Forecast and Prognosis have been released – are you initiating Pre-Season Checks – my advice is to start soon – the Season starts in less than 2 months.
If you either, do not have a Hurricane Plan or, are uncertain about the scope and effectiveness of your existing Hurricane Plan – feel free to contact us and discuss your requirements, including the provision of detailed, regular and timely BIC TS/Hurricane Notices & Advisories.
We have the tendency, in this region of the Caribbean, to focus on Hurricanes but I would ask you to honestly analyse how your company would fare in the event of a serious Fire, a Bomb Threat or a national Epidemic – to name but a few examples of events that can cause major business disruptions and, in the worst case, business collapse – once gain feel free to  contact us and discuss all your requirements – you may even want to visit us at our location on the beautiful island of Cayman Brac.

The first 2013 Hurricane Season Forecast and Prognosis have been released – are you initiating Pre-Season Checks – my advice is to start soon – the Season starts in less than 2 months.

If you either, do not have a Hurricane Plan or, are uncertain about the scope and effectiveness of your existing Hurricane Plan – feel free to contact us and discuss your requirements, including the provision of detailed, regular and timely BIC TS/Hurricane Notices & Advisories.

We have the tendency, in this region of the Caribbean, to focus on Hurricanes but I would ask you to honestly analyse how your company would fare in the event of a serious Fire, a Bomb Threat or a national Epidemic – to name but a few examples of events that can cause major business disruptions and, in the worst case, business collapse – once again feel free to  contact us and discuss all your requirements – you may even want to visit us at our location on the beautiful island of Cayman Brac.

Hurricane Season is approaching

“Hurricane Season is fast approaching, so be sure you have completed your Pre-Season checks and your staff know what their crisis roles are in the event of a hurricane.
It looks like we may have the first named event of the season, off the Carolinas USA, even before the Season starts – so certainly, it is not time to be complacent.
I know some of you have read the reports about “Hurricane Crabs” on the Brac – do not become fixated on this event as an omen of gloom – there are very rational explanations for it and it certainly does not necessarily mean we are going to be hit by a major hurricane this season.
Equally, do not become totally relaxed because the Seasonal Forecasts (to date) indicate a less intense season than normal – as I have always said – it only takes one major hurricane strike for it to become a very intense season for us in at least one or two of the Cayman Islands!
Do not loose awareness of all the other risks that your business faces but it is now time to raise awareness of hurricanes once more”
Mike Barcroft

“Hurricane Season is fast approaching, so be sure you have completed your Pre-Season checks and your staff know what their crisis roles are in the event of a hurricane.

It looks like we may have the first named event of the season, off the Carolinas USA, even before the Season starts – so certainly, it is not time to be complacent.

I know some of you have read the reports about “Hurricane Crabs” on the Brac – do not become fixated on this event as an omen of gloom – there are very rational explanations for it and it certainly does not necessarily mean we are going to be hit by a major hurricane this season.

Equally, do not become totally relaxed because the Seasonal Forecasts (to date) indicate a less intense season than normal – as I have always said – it only takes one major hurricane strike for it to become a very intense season for us in at least one or two of the Cayman Islands!

Do not lose awareness of all the other risks that your business faces but it is now time to raise awareness of hurricanes once more”

Mike Barcroft

Mitigating the 2011 Hurricane Season

Some of you are likely to have read local press coverage on the latest Hurricane Season Forecast issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centre. Whilst this Forecast does not differ in any significant measure from other Hurrricane Season Forecasts (from acknowledged sources) such as Klotzbach and Gray of Colarado State University, it does cite, in detail, many of the factors that have resulted in Forecasters to consider that the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be more active than normal (whatever normal may be!).

Do not let such press articles create increased anxiety within your organization – rather use them as a means to prevent complacency, promote awareness and to ensure that all Pre-Season preparations are either, fully completed or, near to completion.

We cannot stop Hurricanes, but we can mitigate against their worst effects and thereby, ensure the maximum potential for protection of staff and continuity of the business processes.

Include some questions that you should pose (rhetorically) to your organization/company:

a. Is there a clear Crisis/Emergency Management structure, including a Crisis Management Team (CMT)?

b. Is the CMT empowered to make and implement “across the board” executive decisions in times of crisis and emergency – do they truly “lead” the organization/company?

c. Does the CMT have a record/history of issuing clear and unambiguous directives and instructions?

d. Does the CMT issue regular, informative staff updates on the developing crisis/emergency?

e. Does “anarchy” prevail throughout the organisation/company with a variety of interpretations gleaned from a spectrum of differing sources?

Ideally, the answers should be “YES” to a – d and “NO” to e – if this is not the case, then your organization/company lacks some critical “components” and, is certainly flirting with potentially disastrous failure in the event of a crisis/emergency.

BIC Staff stand by ready to provide expert assistance for all your Business Continuity Planning and Management requirements.

2011 Hurricane Season

The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season is barely a month away and, once again, a “busy” Season is forecast. There are many “climatic indicators” that are appearing more severe in 2011 than in previous Seasons – whilst, these in themselves, do not mean that we will receive a Hurricane Hit in the Cayman Islands, it would be foolish to ignore them. Whether the Season is forecast as “busy” or not – it only takes one “direct hit” from a Category 3 and above Hurricane to have significant implications on the daily lives, businesses and liveliehoods of many.

Whilst not accusing any business or person of complacency, the lack of any significant damage (in the Cayman Islands) from a Hurricane over the past few years, may have lessened the priority of Hurricane Planning & Preparation in the face of more urgent business drivers. Nevertheless, I urge you all to start (if you have not already done so) your Hurricane Season Inspections and Preparations without delay – you have a month!

In all your preparation work, including Crisis Management Procedures, do NOT forget that your staff are the life blood of your business – without them, the strongest buildings, the most effective Data Replication and restoration, the most advanced communications, all become impressive but relatively meaningless tokens.

The staff and resources of Brac Informatics Centre (BIC) are ready and able to asist you with a wide range of business solutions, Continuity and Contingency planning, training, mitigation assessment, as well as an effective, comprehensive, reliable and timely Hurricane Notification/Advisories system.

Stand-by Power – Generators

One of the most critical capabilities for businesses is electrical power – something many take for granted until the Mains Power Grid fails.

I am going to examine the provision of stand-by power by means of emergency generators – future articles will address UPSs and Surge Suppression etc.

Following the ravages of Hurricane Ivan and subsequent “brushes”, “near misses” and “false alarms” many companies that did not previously have generators, have now had them installed – this is only the first step.

Obviously, any company that own a generator expect it to start automatically when Mains Power fails; however, like most electrical and mechanical equipment, regular maintenance and testing is required to ensure prime performance as and when required. This maintenance and testing applies to not only the electrical and mechanical components of the generator and associated Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), but also to the Fuel Supply. Read the rest of this entry »

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