Has anyone else taken notice of that little storm brewing in the Caribbean? At every update the path of the little storm keeps drifting west almost as if the storm really wants to go to Disney World. All kidding aside, Hurricane Matthew is, at the time of this writing, a category 4 hurricane based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with the maximum sustained winds of one hundred forty-five mile an hour winds. The storm is currently heading over Haiti and moving towards the Bahamas while leaving a death and a lot of destruction in its wake.
For those of you that know me, know that Disaster Recovery is a topic near and dear to my heart. For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I have spent most of my professional career working in Florida so I hope that helps give a little insight into my special interest in Disaster Recovery.
This week I have been paying close attention to the developments of Hurricane Irene. In the beginning, Hurricane Irene looked like she was going visit Florida on her journey to the north. Even though it looked like Florida was going to get hit by this storm, it was still early and there was time for the storm to change course. It was also time to go out and make sure my Hurricane Supply Kit at least had the basics like batteries and flashlights as well as filling up the gas tanks of the cars. I have different levels of preparedness which depends on how close the storm is and the projected path. Just like I have steps in place to be prepared for the storm, most companies that I have worked for in Florida have a storm plan in place and like myself, do not sound the real alarm until the storm is 48 – 72 hours away from a hit but start to prepare for the alarm in case it is needed.