Tornado Weekend Sounds Warning For Houston Businesses

With tornadoes ripping across the South and Midwest and hurricane season approaching, disaster preparedness officials are sounding the alarm for Houston businesses.

The start of the 2012 hurricane season is still nearly three months away. But that may be barely enough time for local companies to prepare themselves.

Anthony Pizzitola is facilities and disaster recovery manager for Houston-based Goode Company. He says even a short disruption can prove fatal to small businesses.

“Seventy percent of all businesses — small businesses — that suffer a three-day crisis will eventually fail. What they need to do to prepare is to have a disaster preparedness and recovery professional ID at their locations what they need to be doing to protect against natural and manmade disasters.”

Last year, U.S. businesses suffered $52 billion in damages from manmade and natural disasters. That included more than 340 tornadoes.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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