What Big-Box Retailers Can Teach Government About Disaster Recovery ; from Govtech.com, November 28. There’s not a lot of new information in here, but the article does serve as a good reminder that some of the major national corporations are well organized and practiced when it comes to working with the public sector to assist with response and recovery functions. If you do have some of these well-prepared private enterprises in your community, start early to work on public/private partnerships, including agreements regarding assets and even the ability to borrow executives, if needed locally.
With hundreds of locations nationally and globally, big-box companies like Lowe’s and Target have become masters of disaster recovery and business continuity. With their geographic vastness, these companies must be ready for natural and man-made disasters and have an action plan for everything from rebuilding a store to supporting affected employees.
These companies excel at disaster recovery because they’ve endured it before. They’ve learned lessons along the way (think Hurricane Katrina) and adapted plans. While there are many distinctions between public and private sectors, they’re more alike than different when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery.