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Forecasting Charley's Path of Destruction

Written by  Michael R. Smith

America’s disaster recovery and insurance industries have a unique and vital role to play in the wake of major natural disasters. A catastrophe the magnitude of Hurricane Charley taxes the government and private sector’s ability to respond, especially when the storm intensifies rapidly and doesn’t strike where authorities initially anticipated. This article is focused on multi-location companies and institutions that may require outside resources to assist their people and infrastructure in the recovery process. When a hurricane approaches the coast, disaster recovery executives ask, “How do we correctly ‘size’ our response?” “How do we get extra people where they are most needed?” There are proactive strategies that can help determine the magnitude of the response and the optimal allocation and dispatch of resources. Be Prepared To be proactive, you have to know where the storm will strike and pre-position people and resources near the path of the storm – yet safely out of