Severe weather in the south a stark reminder of the need for disaster management plans

Posted on May 07, 2014

On April 28, more than 50 tornadoes were reported across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee in just a 24-hour time period which still has many people in the area on high alert for more storms to come, NBC News reported.

The devastating weather has affected many businesses in the area. The onslaught of storms has some companies reevaluating their disaster management plan to ensure their business can resume operations as fast as possible in the event a tornado strikes.

Severe weather in the south a stark reminder of the need for disaster management plans

In Alabama, Limestone County's emergency management team told NBC News that severe damage was reported in the county, which left more than 16,000 people without power as trees and other debris had completely wiped out utility poles. In DeKalb County, the local emergency management agency said it would take hours to even process the damages from the tornado.

"All roads to the area have been cut off and we are probably looking at working through most of the morning and even the afternoon before we can get to them," said Ben Luther, county engineer for DeKalb County's emergency management team, according to NBC News. "And then we have got another round of storms coming today so we have to prepare for that, too."

Storms to affect millions of Americans

While several southern states are encountering a rough tornado season so far, many other regions are actually at risk as well. According to CNN, there are more than 75 million people in the U.S. at risk from severe weather this storm season. The areas affected include the Midwest, the East Coast, and the majority of the communities bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Businesses have to prepare for the possibility of downtime, but with the right disaster management software, business executives can be notified immediately to mitigate any potential risks to the company.

The recent tornadoes ripped roofs off school buildings and completely leveled other businesses from the intense weather. According to CNN, more than 38,000 homes and businesses lost power and approximately 10,000 are still without electricity.

Other parts of the south were affected by flooding and at least 16 counties in Mississippi experienced extensive storm damage, NBC News reported. Other counties are seeing gas line damage, which has crews scrambling to make repairs to keep people in the area safe.

As the storm season continues, companies can improve their disaster management plan with up-to-the-minute information on severe weather that could jeopardize business continuity.


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