For example, I know of a person who works for a major corporation. The power to the building was out, so employees were not to report to work. They were told to call a special phone line for a recorded message with details on when work would resume.
However, when the employee tried to call he found that the phone line was not in operation. No one had backed up the power supply to the phone system. Hundreds of employees at the corporation were left wondering if the power was on and if they should report for work each day. Eventually, a makeshift calling chain was devised, but it was a poor replacement for preparations that should have been made before the disaster occurred.
In another instance, a business that did have power was unable to remain open because they did not have backups in place for key personnel. The employees were able to get to the work site, but key managers were not. Since no one had been trained as an assistant or backup person, the place stayed closed.
There were also problems with businesses being unable to receive deliveries because their supplier were without power or without personnel.
So be sure to double-check your plans. You can find a lot more cold-weather preparation tips on our newly-renovated Web site, www.drj.com.
You can also find information on our annual conferences, Fall World and Spring World. The next show is scheduled for March 30 through April 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. We will be at the beautiful Disney Coronado Springs Resort. Attendees can enjoy the warm weather while gaining a wealth of information from the sessions, workshops and classes that we will have.
We have a lot of exciting speakers slated, as well as other events such as our Mock Exercise, several receptions and hospitalities, an exhibition hall and more. If you want to find out more information on Spring World 2008, check the website. You can download a full conference brochure. Registration online is also possible. Some of our early registration discounts will be expiring, so sign up soon. We already have 650 people registered.
I hope to see you in sunny, warm Orlando!
"Appeared in DRJ's Winter 2008 Issue"