How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure?

Taking stock of your disaster response plan during hurricane season

Natural disasters seem to be competing with ransomware for the coveted “Worst Thing to Happen to Datacenters” award of 2021. Ransomware attacks are certainly on the rise, but natural disasters don’t want you to forget about them just yet. According to the NOAA, the losses from natural disasters in the US have already exceeded $1 billion in 2021. Whatever your beliefs regarding the causes of extreme weather, it has a significant impact on the world around us – and organizations of all types need to be prepared.

A solid, well-tested disaster recovery (DR) plan is the difference between your company surviving a natural disaster – or ceasing to exist the moment it happens.

As of this writing, the Dixie fire is now the second-largest fire in California history and has destroyed 500,000 acres and over 400 structures so far – and it is only 21 percent contained after three weeks. The largest in California’s history was only last year and was double its size. Sadly, the Dixie fire is only one of several fires blazing on the West Coast…READ ON

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure?

Judy Jolivette and her husband, John, have lived most of their lives just outside Lake Charles, about 30 miles inland from the fragile, storm-battered coast of southwest Louisiana. Last year, Hurricane Laura peeled away most of their roof. Six weeks later, Hurricane Delta came along and finished the job. The Jolivettes now call home a converted tool shed as they wait out delays that stalled construction of a new house.

“The hurricanes only began the misery. Over the winter, a hard freeze broke pipes, leaving thousands without potable water.”

SARAH GIBBENS

They are of mixed mind about ever living through another ordeal like this again. But for now, they are rebuilding for sentimental and practical attachments. “We have no place else to go but here,” says Judy. “Since we first built our home, it’s been 38 years on this property.”

Now, Hurricane Ida is barreling toward the Louisiana coast, and is expected to make landfall this weekend. It arrives as hurricane season moves through what forecasters call the “season of the season”—the eight-week period between mid-August and mid-October when 96 percent of the most destructive hurricanes occur. The Jolivettes’ struggle to rebuild is representative of a whole region still cleaning up from last year’s “season of the season,” when Laura and Delta hit on Aug. 27 and Oct. 9, respectively…READ ON

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