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La Nina's Threat to Business Continuity

Written by  SCOTT KINKA

Natural and manmade disasters are occurring with alarming regularity. While news stories frequently cover damage to homes and consumers, businesses often experience greater losses, ranging from physical destruction to downtime. One major key for firms to survive in a disaster scenario is the development and successful deployment of a strong business continuity (BC) plan. Based on recent weather anomalies and new predictions, many businesses are elevating BC planning to the urgent level. The new weather predictions are coming from historical patterns of two related events – El Niño and La Niña – which occur when the Pacific Ocean and atmosphere sustain significant temperature changes. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), La Niña could develop within the next six months and potentially last up to three years. The most recent El Niño season was the worst in two decades, causing billions of dollars in damages and losses. Perhaps more