Natural Disasters; Be prepared, Keep you and your staff safe

November 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM

As you are well aware, just after midnight this morning the 14th of November 2016 a massive earthquake struck New Zealand, this quake has been rated at 7.5 on the mixed magnitude scale by GeoNet NZ and at 7.9 by the USGS

In the 13 hours since this first quake until the writing of this article, there has been 6 severe aftershocks, 16+ strong and hundreds of light – moderate+ earthquakes felt.

The quakes themselves also triggered landslides, which combined with further quakes triggered Tsunami activity throughout the east coast of New Zealand.



Not only did this quake cause as yet untold amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure along with the worst which is tragically costing a human life, it has disrupted business with all non-emergency personnel asked to stay away from the Wellington CBD, and much of the CBD is currently cordoned off from access at all, including all of Featherston street, and many other areas.

All things considered, so far we have been incredibly fortunate, an earthquake of the same size in April this year struck Ecuador and led to the loss of over 800 lives and utter devastation, so far most of NZ is upright!



While the Wellington City Council, Civil Defence, emergency services and related organisations work diligently and without break to check all the buildings in the city, and make sure that the CBD can be safe for people to return, and all the multitudes of engineers are conducting inspections to check each and every building is still ok, and safe, there are currently thousands of businesses unable to return to work, with thousands of staff unable to even get to the office, even if they wanted to.

McDonalds IT is not immune to this situation – I write this from a safe location, the McDonalds IT building is currently red-listed awaiting a detailed engineering inspection.

These events really drive home how important it is to have your business continuity planning in place, we don’t want you to have to travel into the CBD unless absolutely necessary.

Fortunately McDonalds IT have robust processes in place and we are able to have all our staff continue working without even needing to go into the office, we are at 100% full functionality, and our staff can work from home – and be with their families which are the number 1 priority during events such as this.



The days to come may prove to become more interesting and could provide additional trials, but of course, we all hope that the worst has now passed and everything will return to normal,

It is never too late to look at your corporate responsibility, staff care, business continuity, and disaster recovery plans – think about the following

  • Do you have plans in place to confirm the safety of all staff outside of business hours?
  • Are you confident all key staff know the processes in place?
  • Can you continue to operate all your technology and services without visiting the office?

If you were told you would not be able to even access your offices for 6 weeks – could you continue to operate your business seamlessly?

Could you continue with minimal interruption if you were told you would never get access to anything in your offices again?

If you can’t confidently answer yes to those queries, get in touch with our expert team at McDonalds IT for a no-obligation chat about your requirements, we’ll be able to make sure you are looking after your staff and your business.


Most of all stay safe out there folks, McDonalds IT are always here to help with anything at all.



John Weaver - General Manager - McDonalds IT

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Category: McDonalds IT


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