Weekly Wrap – 23rd January 2014


Hi I am Tom McLeod, Managing Consultant of McLeod Governance.

This is what I would be thinking about this week.

Extreme Weather Events in 2014

Over the last couple month or so there have been a number of major weather events around the world – whether it has been the polar vortex issue in the United States and North America or in Australia, for instance, where over the last couple of days there was a record broken that had stood since 1855.  Four consecutive days over 41 degrees centigrade or 106 degrees fahrenheit.

Today’s Weekly Wrap is not to talk about climate change, although tempting it may be to do so.

Rather I want to talk about what I am calling weather risk management or extreme weather risk management.

Something Different to Business Continuity

Most organisations have in place some form of business continuity plans as it relates to damage of their assets and other infrastructure caused by weather events.

What I want to talk about is more practical.

How Do You Get the Employees Into Work / Home?

What do you do with your employees on a major weather event?

Do you call them into work when it is freezing cold?

Do you send them home from work when it is bitterly hot?

The “Elevator Problem”

I recall a situation probably about three or four years ago when there was a major flood in an Australian city.  The organisation that I am thinking of did the right thing and sought to move their elevators to a position away from the floods.

What they didn’t consider by moving the elevators to the top floor was that it put all the mechanics of the elevator – which by definition were in reverse – in the cellar or basement of that building.  When the basement of that building flooded all the elevators were stuck for a number of weeks on the top floor.

Risk Management is the Application of Common Sense

So my challenge to you today is not so much around the business continuity side of extreme weather.

What practical applications do you have in place?

Sometimes risk management is the application of common sense and never more so is that the case than with extreme weather.


McLeod Governance has worked with a number of organisations in the development of practical, cost effective incident specific risk management plans such as those that relate to preparing for and responding to extreme weather events.

For more information contact us.

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