Hurricane Harvey

Impacted by Hurricane Harvey? MEP of LA Can Help!

Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana, looks to be one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S. history. Since its landfall on August 25, 2017, Harvey also brought extensive flooding in and around Houston and Beaumont before it dissipated and made its way inland toward much of Southwest Louisiana.

Residents of Cypress Lake Dr. use boats to transport others and retrieve items from flooded homes in Moss Bluff, La., Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (Rick Hickman/American Press via AP)

Through various assessment tools, MEPOL has selected and focused on manufacturers that have experienced some damage and are rebuilding, manufacturers who have had disruptions to their supply chain and distribution channels, and manufacturers unaffected initially by hurricanes, but who expect impact within one year due to short term and long term employees, customers or supply chain adverse impacts.The following statistics have been reported as a result of the Hurricane Harvey Impact Assessments conducted in Louisiana:
Reported Impact Assessed Companies
Category 1: Severely damaged/out of business
Category 2: Damaged/rebuilding 1
Category 3: Operating at reduced levels due to employees, customers or supply chain adverse impacts 13
Category 4: Unaffected initially by hurricanes, but expect impact within one year due to short term and long term employees, customers or supply chain adverse impacts 15
Category 5: Don’t expect short term or long term adverse impact from hurricane and interested in growth and business development opportunities to help with regional needs 6
Recommendations for the impacted companies include, but are not limited to: Workforce development, automation and logistics.

Actions to Take for a Faster Recovery


Preparing for a Disaster

Assess Inventory: Take a written inventory of critical production equipment, IT equipment, and other assets that are vital to maintain operations.  Inventory resources here.
Prioritize: Prioritize your mission critical functions – the capabilities that need to be restored first.  Prioritizing resources here.
Plan: Develop a single comprehensive plan or a services of plans that cover response actions, recovery actions, and business continuity strategies. Planning resources here.
Contracts & Agreements: The services (equipment repair, IT, etc) you will need in order to recover and secure with contracts/agreements. Contract and agreement resources here.
Train & Exercise: Employees need to know what they are expected to do during a disaster.  Conduct training events to communicate roles and responsibilities. Conduct exercises to validate the plan and identify gaps. Training and exercising resources here.


Actions to Take After a Disaster

Assess: Assess your situation by determining the amount of damage, impact on critical functionality, impact on workforce, and impact on operations. Find assessment resources here.
Communicate: Communicate to your employees, internal stakeholders, customers, and external supply chain the current situation and what you expect of them.  Find communication resources here.
Activate/Execute: Activate your emergency operations/recover plan(s) and use that to guide your efforts.  Execute the contracts and agreements you put into place for these events.  Find execution resources here.
Pay Attention: Pay attention to the media and community events to learn what aid is available and the eligibility requirements. Find media resources here.
Revise Plan: Your recover plan will need constant revision as the situation changes/improves. Update the plan throughout the recovery process to keep everyone progressing forward and informed.  Find revision resources here.

Impacted by Hurricane Harvey?  MEP of Louisiana can help.

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