Let’s be honest, if half the country is wiped out from an aliens invasion, there is probably not much you can do or care what happens to your business. So when talking about Business Continuity and Disaster Recover for small businesses, we should think about local incidents that cause short and long-term inconveniences. Not the end of the world apocalypses!
Earlier in the week, I was reading an article on business continuity, that listed top 10 disasters that had affected UK businesses in 2016. Number 7 was the Forth Road Bridge when it was closed for weeks on end.
Then on Wednesday, the above happened on the bridge, and it was closed for 24 hours. So that got me thinking about what other events have occurred in Scotland, the different types, within the internet era and affected local businesses.
Thousands of angry commuters faced a day of travel chaos after a lorry was blown over on the Forth Road Bridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the structure was officially closed to HGVs.
BT broadband customers in Scotland have been left without internet services after a major power outage.
The problems, which began just before 9am on Wednesday, affected thousands of customers across the UK, including businesses and households in Glasgow.
Businesses and organisations are making contingency plans after it was announced the Forth Road Bridge will be closed until the new year. The closure has shut down the most direct route for vehicles travelling between Fife and Edinburgh.
A FAULT at a substation has been identified as the cause of a massive power cut which left more than 200,000 properties across the north of Scotland without electricity last week
Although the immediate area is mainly home to industrial units, the fire service advised residents in the area to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke. Police were also at the scene to keep onlookers away and put road closures in place.
A 20-mile stretch of the M8 motorway has reopened after being closed for 48 hours due to snow and ice. Scotland’s busiest road had been closed westbound between the outskirts of Edinburgh and Shotts in North Lanarkshire since Monday afternoon.
The centre of Perth has been seriously affected by flooding after 40mm (1.5in) of rain fell during the morning.
Scores of homes and businesses were flooded and Tayside Fire and Rescue drafted in appliances from across Tayside to pump out buildings.
One of Edinburgh’s busiest shopping streets is set to close to traffic for up to 18 months as the next phase of the tram project gets under way.
Glasgow Chamber of Commece chief executive Richard Cairns said: “There will be serious disruption to business as staff struggles to get to work and working time is lost. In the current economic climate, this strike is particularly unhelpful.”
It follows a report commissioned by the executive, which revealed that Edinburgh businesses lost £7.4m in sales due to the G8 disruption.
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