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Emergency Preparedness
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 help setting up a telework program or additional information, please call TransIT Services of Frederick County at 301-600-3543, or email us.

*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.