Note From Julie: Be Ready to Respond in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Sep 15, 2017 | Career Development, Procedures

tips and lessons learnedWith family, friends, and colleagues spread across Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California, disaster prep and recovery has been a central conversation point of the past couple of weeks. One of my team members is located in a valley surrounded by wild fires in Oregon. I had family evacuate from Florida during Hurricane Irma this week. I’m watching the news and viewing updates on Facebook from people suffering direct hits from some of the worst storms and national disasters on record. I’m also paying close attention to the tips and lessons learned that they are sharing.

In the aftermath of a disaster, you need to be ready to respond quickly. You need to get yourself and your family back up and running. And you’ll likely be responsible for helping your executive and your office get back up and running, too. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a disaster recovery plan. You need one for your family and one for your office. This exercise forces you to think through various needs and scenarios so you are better prepared to respond if and when a disaster occurs.

This week, we’re giving you tips and advice on how to create a plan that works for you and your office. You can also find some excellent tips, templates, and resources at There’s no need to start from scratch since these tools are ready for you to use. We’re also sharing some resources on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages to help you create your own disaster recovery plan.

If wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornados have affected you, please share your stories! You may be able to help a fellow admin prepare for the unexpected. You can reach us at

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Webathan WeekendP.S. On the weekend of September 22-24, I’ll be presenting a webinar on taking your professional portfolio to the next level. But this isn’t about me. In fact, I don’t profit from it at all. The proceeds will go to my colleague and friend, Vickie Evans, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, made it through chemotherapy, and will undergo surgery in the next few weeks. The admin community, spearheaded by Lucy Brazier and Executive Secretary Magazine, has teamed up to support Vickie, with an entire weekend filled with 50+ industry-centric webinars for just $49 USD. I hope you’ll join us to help one of our own, but I also hope Vickie’s story resonates with you and encourages you to get screened. You can watch my video here, and register for this amazing webathon here.

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