RAND on Disaster Recovery and the Private Sector

The Diva is amazed at the number of significant recovery-related programs and reports that have come out in the past two weeks. First the Frontline TV show, then the GAO report, and now a new report from RAND.  The need for attention, improvements, and reform to recovery is coming to the fore.

New from RAND: Disaster Recovery and the Private Sector: New Roles and New Challenges. (24 pages)

The report, titled “What Role Does the Private Sector Have in Supporting Disaster Recovery, and What Challenges Does It Face in Doing So?”, provides an examination of how the role of the private sector has shifted, given the shifting nature of disasters both in frequency and nature. As disaster declarations now include those that are natural, human-caused, and technological, the question at the helm of the disaster recovery conversation is “who pays for this?”.

“Recovery Is a Competitive Capability”

Cranfield University

Cranfield University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to blogger extraordinaire, Eric Holdeman, for pointing out this interesting article (17 pp.). It’s full title is Overcoming Operational Glitches; Recovery is a Competitive Capability, and Eric has provided an expedited login.

Do not be put off by the subtitle, which is “The need to design and plan for supply-chain risk mitigation and recovery and how to do about it.” There is a lot of interesting information about the recovery process in general in there.

The author is Prof. Alan Braithwaite, of Cranfield University and LCP Consulting.


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Private Sector Contributions to Recovery

A typical Lowe's storefront in Santa Clara, Ca...

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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.