Whether it’s a hurricane on the Gulf Coast that shuts down a refinery or a blizzard that closes off local highways, disasters can hamstring your supply chain, especially if you’re not ready for them.
Here are ten steps you should take before the next disaster happens.
1. Put Together A Plan. Create a recovery strategy that engages resources at every level. This could mean a list of procedures to take, and running disaster drills that imagine the best and worst-case scenarios.
2. Create A Reserve Fund. Your budget should cover extra drivers, trucks, and emergency and relief workers so that you’re not worrying how you’ll pay for them when disaster hits.
3. Have A Crisis Team. You should figure out who will be making decisions during a disaster, and then get that information to everyone on your supply chain.
4. Make Sure You Have Disaster Resources. Be sure to know who to call, especially if the government orders an evacuation. Your list should include FEMA and your state, local or county emergency management agencies, and the local/national chapters of the American Red Cross. You should also know what your local public radio stations are, and have a list of hotels to check for room availability.
If you’re a fleet manager, you’ll spend your time before, during and after an emergency focused on dozens of different things.
Why not let a company that’s focused solely on fueling help you with that aspect of your business during a disaster? Here are two ways Sokolis Group can assist you.
First, we’ll help build and facilitate emergency plans to make sure your company has access to diesel fuel and generators in the event of a service or delivery interruption. Secondly, we’ll help you create detailed disaster recovery strategies to get your fleet going as quickly as possible.
Your business can leverage Sokolis Group’s experience and size to make sure your fleet has enough fuel to get through the most trying circumstances. We can also analyze how prepared your company is for emergencies, by examining your agreements with suppliers and your access to emergency fueling locations.