As Florida braces for the first hurricane of the precocious 2005 tropical storm season, I thought I'd pull out an article from 2003 on what hurricanes mean for local economies. Among the interesting questions that reporter Rod Kurtz raises:
- Could your business proceed without interruption even if one or more of your facilities were damaged in a hurricane?
- What if your company survives a storm, but an important vendor or customer sustains heavy damage?
- What if storms leave the business standing but damage the homes of key employees?
- Finally, what if, in the aftermath of a storm, the demographics of your region change? How will that change demand for products and services in the area?
MIKE HOFMAN was previously editor of Inc.com and a deputy editor at Inc. magazine, which he joined in 1996. The site was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media in 2010, and was named the best business website by Folio Magazine. In 2006, Hofman was part of a team of writers nominated for a Webby Award for best business blog. He lives in New York City. @mikehofman