Thursday, February 3, 2011

Disasters, Crises, Trouble Everywhere, Are YOU Prepared?

A 5-Star hotel in China was destroyed by fire started by Lunar New Year fireworks. Egypt is the focus of the world. While protestors demonstrate, throw fire bombs and get shot at by alleged government thugs, businesses throughout Cairo are shuttered, looted, damaged or destroyed.

A factory explosion killed 7 in Turkey and a storm more powerful than Katrina slammed the coast of Australia.

That’s just a few of the headlines in the news in one-hour, one-day this week. Oh, by the way, did you hear about the snow and ice storm that paralyzed cities and businesses from St. Louis to Chicago to the Northeast United States?

Wonder how many of those businesses, hospitals, non-profits, colleges, universities, plants and distribution centers had a crisis plan?

All should have a crisis operations plan, a crisis communication plan and a continuity and recovery plan.

Office Depot has developed a guide, “Expecting the Unexpected; Disaster Preparedness for Small Business.” They commissioned a study by TNS NFO that found 71% of small businesses do not have a disaster plan and 64% of the owner/operators of those businesses say they do not need one.

According to the Association of Small Business Development Centers, more than one in four businesses will have a significant crisis. And the Hartford Insurance company says 43% of those who have a crisis and no crisis plan never reopen. And the Hartford study says of those that do reopen, only 29% are still operating two years later.

There are two things you can do, now, and we can help. Sign-up for one of our two or three day crisis communication workshops and give us a call about how we can help you develop a crisis plan.

We are accepting registrations for the May 10-11 & 12 ICM Crisis Communication Certification Course, and there are openings in the July 12-13 & 14 class and the Sept. 13-14 & 15 class. For more details go to http://crisisconsultant.com/certcourses_main.htm or call us at 502 587 0327.

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