Northern California experienced heavy rain over the weekend. Business continuity planning will benefit companies of all sizes, in preparation for all types of severe weather.

Business impact analysis needs to account for severe weather

This blog has previously discussed the impact that severe weather can have on a community, including businesses of multiple sizes. When a comprehensive business impact analysis has been conducted, employees will understand necessary preparations but also what needs to happen to ensure quick business resumption.

According to the Associated Press, Northern California experienced another wave of powerful storms over the weekend – the third system to hit the area in one week. As much as one inch of rain per hour fell in some areas, knocking down power lines and uprooting trees. Officials said that tens of thousands were left without power and rivers swelled but flooding was not as severe as originally predicted.

Assistant city manager of Truckee Alex Terrazas told the news source that snow removal was the major concern for city officials in the town just 30 miles west of Reno. That area received 4 to 5 inches of snow, rather than rain, in the morning.

"We continue to keep an eye on the river, but things are certainly better than they could have been," Terrazas said. "We'll transition back to flood management if we need to."

Napa had nearly 8,000 sandbags and about 150 tons of sand passed out before the storm hit. City spokesman Barry Martin told the AP that there was some minor street flooding and certain intersections had minor damage, but overall everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

Flood construction projects were specifically credited with protecting several cities. Most of the flooding was expected to hit mainly agricultural areas around 6 p.m. on Sunday, officials said.

Comprehensive business continuity planning needs to take into account the specific area in which a company is located. That way, a more accurate recovery plan can be created, which will help guarantee that even when severe weather hits, an organization can quickly bounce back and remain profitable.