A scramble to prepare for this historic storm
A massive blizzard is set to hit the Northeast today, and everyone from local governments and businesses to just about every major airline are putting crisis management plans into action. With three feet of snow expected to bury major metropolitan areas including Boston and New York, commuters are being urged to stay home, and 4,000+ flights have been canceled. Many of those airlines have made the wise choice to waive flight change and cancellation fees for trips scheduled to arrive in cities being pounded by the storm as well, something that’s sure to win goodwill from weary travelers.
New York is no stranger to crisis management, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has been one of the most verbal regarding the storm, warning residents to not take this one lightly and espousing confidence in his city’s preparedness, including 1,800+ snow plows, more than 126,000 tons of salt, and a police force equipped with vehicles capable of traversing even several feet of snow if necessary.
Regardless of where you live, it’s possible for disasters – be they natural or man-made – to put you in a spot where you’re left to fend for yourself for some time. Keeping at least a week’s worth of food and water on hand, along with essentials such as batteries, firewood, and basic first aid supplies isn’t just smart crisis management, it could save your life and the lives of those you love.
The BCM Blogging Team