New York, along with most of the East Coast, has been slowly rebuilding since Hurricane Sandy swept over its shores back on October. Businesses of all sizes and across numerous industries have struggled to remain profitable and reopen their doors in as short of a time as possible.
Large events like the superstorm are further reason why towns must have an up-to-date continuity of operations plan. That way, residents as well as business owners understand what they must do to keep themselves and others safe.
One of the surest signs of spring – and eventually summer – for New York is Coney Island's beloved amusement park opening its doors. Hurricane Sandy nearly delayed the event, but as the New York Times reported, workers stayed busy up until the last possible moment to make it happen.
"Our commitment after the hurricane, from Day 1, was to be ready on time for this event," Alberto Zamperla, the chief executive of the international company that operates Luna Park, told the Times. Zamperla didn't specify the extent of repair costs, but described seemingly endless rounds of them, from replacing electrical systems to dumping go-carts brined in seawater.
Customers began lining up 15 hours early to get in line for the wooden roller coaster, Cyclone. Restaurants across the way were still closed, but the Times reported that they are expected to reopen by Easter.
Officials also reported that iconic landmarks closed since Sandy would soon reopen. The Statue of Liberty is marked for tourists by July 4 and the New York Aquarium in Coney Island would partly reopen by late spring.
Pairing with a business continuity consultant can help organizations create a plan that will ensure quick business resumption. Whether severe weather or another unforeseen event is the cause of a disruption, having a proper recovery plan will help companies bounce back.