When Disaster Strikes
Are you ready for a calamity to hit your in-plant? Neither were these managers. Find out what happened to them, and how they recovered.
For most people, spring break brings thoughts of warm, bright Florida sunshine under which college coeds hit the beaches by day and party by night.
But for Brad Johnson, print services manager at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., last year's spring break was about as far from fun as he could get—and not just geographically.
"I was in shock. It was a reality check for sure." That was how Johnson says he felt when he first laid eyes on the carnage left in the wake of a tornado that ripped through campus late one Sunday night. Fortunately, most students had left for their spring hiatus.
"It is not anything I had ever thought to plan for and hope I never have to plan for again," admits Johnson. "I didn't have a plan."
Having a disaster plan should be a top priority for in-plant managers everywhere. Disasters, like this tornado, can strike at any time, and if you're not prepared you could lose your in-plant forever.
Across the country, in-plants have been damaged by floods, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes. Managers who have endured these tragedies have learned important lessons about disaster preparedness and recovery—lessons they're more than willing to share.
Vendors To The Rescue
At Gustavus Adolphus College, after the tornado tore the roof off of the in-plant, exposing equipment to water damage, Johnson had to move quickly to get that gear to dry ground. He received help from a very useful source—his vendors.
"I couldn't have done it without them," Johnson praises. "Installation, removal and dismantling printing equipment is not something that I am trained to do. The vendors specialize in that."