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volume 10 number 11 november 2005 TipSheet

Welcome to the November issue of MicroMetric's TipSheet.

This monthly newsletter is targeted at addressing the needs of our customers.

This month we'll expand on our mid October TipSheet on Disaster Preparedness.


Alarm. Worry. Wilma is coming!. Calm. Wilma missed us. Back to business as usual. But think for a minute, and you may come to the conclusion that one of these days we may be in the same situation as the folks in New Orleans, Biloxi, and Ft. Lauderdale. Roof blown off, flooded, no power. How does a business survive?

As I researched the internet for this issue, I came to the conclusion that the best way to prepare is to give the storm some thought before it's on the news. One of the best sites is the Small Business Administration's at:

Some of the highlights from this document -




Develop contingency plans to remain in operation if your office, plant, or store is unusable. Could you operate out of your home or a nearby storefront? Could you quickly transport critical items such as computers, inventory, and equipment? Could you save replaced equipment and reactivate it in an emergency? Could you store inventory, equipment, and supplies off-site? Examine the possibilities, make a plan, and assure that you and your employees know what to do.

Keep an extra of any hard-to-replace parts or supplies on hand. Store them off-site. If this cannot be done, work with suppliers in advance to assure a secure and adequate supply. Store several days' supply in a place that is not vulnerable to the same disaster as your facility. Be sure to keep this auxiliary supply up-to-date.

Make upgrades now that would prevent possible future damage. Strengthening exterior walls, adding a retaining wall, or shoring up a creek bank are relatively minor projects in comparison to losing the building to flood waters.

[We'll conclude this Disaster Preparedness summary in the December TipSheet.]

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