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Why California’s drought should prompt business continuity planning

California's drought is so bad, it can be seen from space.
California's drought is so bad, it can be seen from space.

California is experiencing one of its driest winters on record. Timing couldn't be worse, seeing that Governor Jerry Brown declared that 2013 was the most arid year on record, FOX News reported. Stakeholders outside of the state, such as President Barack Obama, have asserted that in this situation, it is important to begin preparing for the dry season, which begins on April 1st.

"California is our biggest agricultural producer, so what happens here matters to every working American, right down to the cost of food that you put on your table," Obama said during his visit to the Golden State.

His ideas to contribute to California's continuity of operations planning include a $1 billion climate resilience fund, according to Mashable. These resources are intended to help ranchers struggling to take care of their crops, as well as the communities that may be out of drinking water within 60 days if precipitation doesn't come toward the West Coast. However, without the approval of Congress, this funding, like much-needed precipitation, will fail to materialize.

Even private wells, which rely on groundwater that has been around for many years, may find themselves at risk. A lack of available water may cause insects like mosquitos to travel that way — possibly carrying its viruses and bacteria with them.

Often times, towns that utilize well water may not consider this concern, but Linda Rudolph, co-director for the Center for Climate Change and Health in Oakland California, told FOX that they may need to start doing so. Insects aren't the only risks at hand: fertilizer and industrial chemicals that usually would flow elsewhere during the rain are penetrating deeper into the ground.

What can Californians expect in the near future? The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is predicting a larger amount of wildfires, they battled through 400 blazes in January alone.

Is your business or community unsure how to prepare for the unforeseeable future? Business continuity consultants can help establish a month-by-month plan before April comes around.This way, if disaster hits, all affected parties will be prepared.