Large parts of New Zealand are still dealing with the after-effects of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that shook North Canterbury last week. The impact on communities and businesses in these areas is significant, and many of those affected will take time and support to return to normal daily life.
In Wellington, there are a large number of buildings currently under structural review. Last week the New Zealand Herald reported that “Wellington council inspectors have so far found 60 buildings of concern with signs of structural damage, and 28 at risk of part of the building falling down.” Organisations without business continuity and disaster recovery plans are not well positioned to recover in a timely manner.
A number of our customers activated their Plan B recovery services during this event. Our Wellington and Christchurch recovery facilities were both inspected by engineers and certified as safe for customers to start using. All our data centres remained operational throughout the event, and our Tawa site has colocation capacity available on a special “no term” basis for customers requiring immediate hosting. As with any unplanned outage, customers that had clear business continuity plans were able to get up and running more efficiently than those that did not!
With Plan B being a dedicated business continuity specialist, we have years of experience helping our customers recover from unplanned events. We’ve compiled some of these observations in to a quick reference list that will be useful if you are looking to review your business continuity programme. They are based on real events and could apply to many different crisis scenarios.
If you would like assistance, or have any questions, please contact us or phone 0800 266 846.