A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure’s Communications and Marketing Director, Cindy Rodriguez, participated in a panel discussion about business resiliency at the 2014 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Orlando.
A-C-T was included on the panel discussion because the firm earned the inaugural Small Business Resiliency Award from the Florida Department of Emergency Management in 2012. The award recognizes small businesses that demonstrate disaster preparedness and recovery abilities worthy of emulation.
Rounding out the panel with Rodriguez were Richard Cantner, a consultant for the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College’s School of Business in Vero Beach and David M. Hall, section manager for State Farm’s Innovations & Small Business Solutions Division out of Tulsa, Okla.
Rodriguez’s presentation focused on what A-C-T has done to ensure quick and effective response and recovery post disaster, whether natural or man-made, including policies, training, storm-hardening of buildings and other assets, arrangements for alternate office locations and fleet repositioning as needed, data systems back-ups; alternate energy contingency plans; crisis communications strategies as well as business continuity and succession planning. Hall’s presentation addressed risk management and insurance needs assessments and action plans while Cantner discussed the importance of financial planning and provided information about post-disaster resources and financial recovery strategies for small businesses.
With the 2014 hurricane season right around the corner, this topic and others offered at the conference provided timely reminders that it only takes one disaster to realize significant damages to property, assets and, in some cases, corporate image. Planning, training and adaptability are the keys to resiliency.