Greetings from the NIMSAT Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
As we continue through the 2022 Hurricane Season, we know we can feel the impacts of a storm beyond our coastal communities. As we look ahead with anticipation, I would like to reaffirm NIMSAT’s commitment to serving the State of Louisiana and our private sector partners throughout the State. To be ready for hurricane season, we know it requires a multi-agency, interdisciplinary approach that engages the whole community–individuals, families, non-profit organizations, private sector partners, and government at all levels.
As outlined by the US National Preparedness Goal, a resilient community is a prepared community–a community that can “prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk”. I encourage you to Get A Game Plan.
Business continuity planning must account for all hazards. Plan to manage any emergency. Assess the situation and use common sense and resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers, and your business’s recovery. Carefully evaluate internal and external operations to determine which staff members, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. For more information on devising a business emergency plan, please visit ready.gov/business.
Since 2010, the Louisiana Business Emergency Center (LABEOC) stands ready to provide up-to-date information and alerts as well as support impacted businesses to return to normal operations in close collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Louisiana Economic Development as well as other state and federal partners. Jim Williams and I remain available if you have any questions or need additional information.
Stay Safe and Geaux Louisiana!
Shannon Strother, PhD
Director, NIMSAT Institute
Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette