It’s hurricane season and here especially in North Carolina, we have to be extra careful. I work for a company that is open 24/7 as we’re in the food/grocery business. People need to eat!
With that being said, Mother Nature can make it so that you cannot go about your normal routine. After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the southeast quadrant of the United States is now bracing for Hurricane Irma.
It’s an unsettling feeling knowing that you cannot escape something that is destined to happen. Think labor after nine months of pregnancy: whether you’ve gone through it or not you know there is pain to be expected. It’s also good that you can prepare for it as best as you possibly can. A pregnant mother can consult with a mid-wife or go to a hospital for care during this painful time in need.
We can think about this in the food industry regarding drivers, distribution centers, restaurants, operators of all of these locations. Although we know what is to be expected, we can better plan around the short falls of our geographic location. In Eastern North Carolina, we’re preparing to work from home if Irma was to hit as this area is known for flooding with the close proximity of the Tar River. I personally was displaced out of my home for about a week last year due to Hurricane Matthew. I was not as prepared for that Category 1 storm as I thought. Having a backup location to operate out of has help some of the suppliers at work during Hurricane Harvey. From my Hurricane Matthew experience, I operated out of my in-laws as the roads were inaccessible.
Tempers will flare when it comes to food as it should as it is a sensitive subject where all are impacted. That is why it is essential to remain calm and always be ready for the unexpectedly expected situations and be of aid to a co-worker. At work we call each other teammates and once the coach (President) calls the play, we put all hands in to “break” the huddle and execute the plan.