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How would you keep your business going during an emergency such as a hurricane, pandemic flu, or even a power outage? Make telework* part of the solution.
Observations from Latest Disasters
North America 1999 and 2003—
Power outages for millions
Roadway infrastructures not usable
Many employees teleworked because power did not go out for everyone
Dial-up and laptops worked
Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters
Telecommunications infrastructure may be more robust than the roadway infrastructure
Decentralized approach to business makes sense
Organizations with existing remote access are more resilient
Preplanning is key to quick recovery
Quick fixes do not always stand the test of time
Telework Disaster Preparedness Implementation
Develop lists of employees who could work from home or other locations
Locate alternative facilities
Develop remote access to office network
Train employees and managers on telework procedures
Establish a pilot program and monitor results
Conduct an emergency drill
Guidelines for Disaster
Communicate with employees and customers. Reinforce support for telework and remind employees of the emergency plan of action. Let customers know how they can reach you.
Build on the experiences of the pilot program and expand participation. In times of crisis, management’s support and flexibility will be needed in getting teleworkers in place as quickly as possible. Experienced teleworkers can help orient other employees.
Contact emergency resources.
Source: Elham Shirazi, Business Continuity & Teleworking, Make Telework a Part of Your Emergency Preparedness
For more information on disaster planning, read the Frederick News-Post article,
Businesses Need Disaster Plan
For help setting up a telework program or additional information, please call TransIT Services of Frederick County at 301-600-3543, or
*Telework, often referred to as telecommuting, occurs when paid workers carry out all, or part of, their work away from their normal place of business, thus extending the workplace beyond the traditional office. It is not always a full-time arrangement.
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