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Atlantic Business Continuity Services

types of disasters, disruptions

Customized business continuity & emergency management services to meet the unique needs of organizations in the southeast and beyond.

Atlantic Business Continuity Services is a continuity and disaster planning consulting firm with experienced, certified planners.

Our mission is to create a plan tailored to your specific needs, so you never have to rely on luck when lives, or an important business transaction, are on the line. A targeted plan offers you peace of mind, reduces liability, increases customer satisfaction and assures less downtime. Learn how a partnership with Atlantic will keep your organization running, even when disaster strikes.

Why have a plan?

Organizations and businesses today are vulnerable to an increasing number of threats that disrupt normal operations and services.

Without a comprehensive response plan, these threats lead to significant downtime. Downtime leads to loss of revenue, additional recovery expenses, loss of market share, reputation and ability to reopen. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates 40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster!

Businesses and organizations also have a moral and legal responsibility to protect their employees during life-threatening events. In fact, OSHA requires all businesses with more than 10 employees to have a written Emergency Action Plan for its employees (29 CFR 1910.38). This is just one component of a comprehensive Plan designed to protect people, property, facilities and operations.

Interested in improving your plan or need help getting a plan started? Contact us today for a complimentary, on-site consultation.

Benefits

A Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery Plan provides many benefits.

LESS DOWNTIME = increased revenues and profits

QUICK RECOVERY = reduced recovery expenses

PEACE OF MIND = knowledge that employees, operations, customers, reputation are protected

COMPLIANCE = minimal risk of violating an increasing number of regulations, including OSHA and other industry specific laws

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE = distinction from others in the marketplace by positioning your business or organization at a heightened state of preparedness

Lowcountry Threats

Hurricanes
When Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989, parts of the Lowcountry were without electricity for a month. Even 80 miles inland, eight residents perished in Berkeley County, which experienced wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour.

Living in the South Carolina Lowcountry, we all know it’s not a matter of if, but when, the next major hurricane will occur. When that next hurricane hits, is your organization positioned to reopen quickly?

Man-made Disasters
On January 6, 2005, sixteen freight cars derailed in Graniteville, South Carolina. Eight people died in this tragedy from inhaling chlorine gas. More than 5,000 thousand people were evacuated.

Consider that Charleston boasts one of the largest seaports in the nation, which means tons of products, hazardous and non-hazardous, are transported by truck and rail everyday. It’s only a matter of time before another large-scale incident happens.
Have you considered the proximity of your organization to the daily transportation of chemicals and other dangerous materials? Would you know what to do if a chemical spill happened near your business?

Earthquakes
In a 2001 study conducted by FEMA, Charleston ranked among the top 40 cities in the nation for high-loss potential due to an earthquake. In 1886, Charleston experienced one of the largest historic earthquakes in eastern North America and by far the largest earthquake in the southeastern United States, with an estimated magnitude between 6.9 and 7.3.

In 2004, researchers from the Charleston Seismic Hazard Analysis Consortium estimated 14 billion dollars in damage and potentially 900 fatalities with 45,000 injuries if Charleston experienced another six or higher magnitude earthquake. The reality is – it’s very likely to happen. The Consortium reported that 137 earthquakes had been located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone (MPSSZ) from 1996 through 2003.

Do your employees know the standard safety procedures to take during an earthquake? Do you?