With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the southeastern coast of the United States, supply chain professionals may want to look at a new report by logistics service provider DHL that outlines hurricane preparedness advice for the supply chain.
"Hurricane Peak Season: What to Expect in 2018" advises companies to monitor weather forecasts closely. Hurricane paths can now be forecast with much greater accuracy, allowing companies to stock up on essential materials and supplies at sites that may be affected before the storm hits. In addition to their own inventory and supplies, companies should also have backup generators and fuel at these sites.
Each site should also have a business continuity plan in place that includes potential alternative suppliers, alternative routes to and from the site, and key contacts. The company should also set up a process for identifying priority shipments as well alternative communication systems—such as emergency alerts, CB radios, and social networks—both for employees and customers.
In addition to these short-term measures, the report suggests that companies:
The report was written by DHL's Resilience360 division, which provides a cloud-based solution that helps companies manage supply chain risk and visualize, track, and protect their business operations.