This month starts the long hot summers of New Orleans, along with the so-called official start of hurricane season. I view June and July as the pre-season for hurricanes — the time you use to get prepared — and August and September as the real season.
Every June, we make sure all the backup systems are in place, the insurance documents are up to date and the emergency contact system we have in place for our employees is up and working. This is just part of the business model in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.
Since 2006, we have moved 90 percent of our work data to the cloud and enabled the capability to work remotely. It has not only got us prepared for any event, but made us a more efficient company. For more tips on preparing for hurricane season, see “Are You Ready?” on page 56.
As we all also gear up for Saints pre-season come August, it’s a great time to get a game plan for your company in place. Let’s all hope we don’t have to use it.