5 ways to prepare your supply chain for a disaster

Planning for supply chain interruptions should take place well before a disaster actually occurs, reports Manufacturing.net.

Here are five ways organizations can prepare their supply chains for a disaster.

1. Secure backup suppliers. Cancelled or delayed deliveries can slow down or even stop an organization's operations. Companies should always line up backup suppliers who can step in to help, if necessary.

2. Map out a disaster plan.Organizations should lay out an extensive disaster plan, answering all the questions and unknowns that may arise in any type of disaster. Establishing a thorough communications network between employees, management, vendors and customers will ensure efficient communication during a disaster, especially when normal channels are disrupted or unavailable, according to the report.

3. Use a professional weather service. Investing in a professional weather service can help an organization determine both short- and long-term risks associated with weather. The technology will also prove beneficial when developing a disaster plan and identifying the most critical operational functions for the success of the business and supply chain, according to the report.

4. Practice the plan. Practicing your disaster plan is just as crucial as having one, according to the report. Organizations should make sure their communications are operational and that each team member is aware of his and her role in case of a disaster.

5. Identify alternative work locations. Organizations should consider alternative work locations in advance of a disaster. If extreme weather destroys or disables the facility, an organization will already know of a backup location to shift work processes to.


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