Weeks ago deadly hurricanes were splashing across headlines, now it’s the threatening wildfires that are spreading across Northern California. The regions impacted are: Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. This wildfire is reported to be the deadliest in the state’s history with a death toll of 40 and perish of over 5,700 homes and businesses. Although most transportation issues have mainly been causing delays for the wine industry, there are other industries that are feeling the burn of these wildfires. If you are in the electronics, pharma, or biotech industries, here are tips on how to preserve your supply chain management:
- Check for alerts: Some components of wildfires can be unpredictable. However, staying alert and paying attention to the news for at risk areas can be key to mitigating risk.
- Be proactive: Even before you get word of the wildfires spreading to your area, get your supply chain partners involved early. Starting these conversations can help you save time and money by being prepared.
- Keep calm: These wildfires are impacting a few thousand people. If issues arise, keep calm and your partners will help you through it.
If your business operations are at risk for these wildfires, contact your supply chain management team to help provide alternatives.
Make sure all key personnel are up to date with understanding the current business continuity plans for the business and that contingency planning has been adopted. Review with the leadership team any impact the wildfires may or may not have on key personnel, supply chain partners, business infrastructure, and transportation routes. Be prepared to communicate to key business partners any news of an interruption in your commercial operations by means of press release, if necessary.
Most important, think of the safety and well-being of your employees. Loss of home or personal life will have a stressful emotional toll on employees as they try to rebuild their lives.