Magazine article Risk Management

1,800 Miles to Sandy

Magazine article Risk Management

1,800 Miles to Sandy

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When Hurricane Sandy hit my home on Long Island, I was 1,800 miles away in a San Antonio hotel room. Now while Texas isn't a bad place to be during an East Coast storm, it was a unsettling experience for me to see the news reports of the chaos and destruction that my family and friends were facing back home but not be able to do anything to help. Thankfully, the damage endured by most of those that I knew was relatively minimal--power outages, uprooted trees, minor flooding--but far too many people fared much, much worse, and for many, recovery has been a heart-breaking struggle.

One thing Sandy did provide, though, was the opportunity to see risk management in action on a more personal level. For those who may not already know, RIMS (the publisher of the magazine) is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan and has a staff that lives throughout New York and New Jersey. But despite the storm damage, power outages and mass transit closures that prevented many staff members from reaching the office, the organization was able to maintain daily operations with no major disruptions. …

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