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Juno - Blizzard of 2015

06 February 2015
Many of you contacted our office over the past few days, inquiring about how NQA employees fared during our visit from Juno, the Blizzard of 2015. This “guest” of ours stormed into the northeast last Tuesday, January 27th shutting down much of New England, including Massachusetts where NQA’s head office is located. 

Many of you contacted our office over the past few days, inquiring about how NQA employees fared during our visit from Juno, the Blizzard of 2015. This “guest” of ours stormed into the northeast last Tuesday, January 27th shutting down much of New England, including Massachusetts where NQA’s head office is located. Situated about 45 minutes northwest of Boston, Acton ranked near the top of the list with regard to snowfall totals.

Here's a look at the final numbers as reported by the National Weather Service:

  • Auburn, 36 inches
  • Hudson, 36 inches
  • Lunenburg, 36 inches
  • Westford, 36 inches
  • Clinton, 34.1 inches
  • Acton, 34 inches
  • Littleton, 34 inches
  • Chelmsford, 33.8 inches
  • Worcester, 33.5 inches

On Tuesday there was no doubt that we would be closing our office for the day, as Governor Charlie Baker issued a state-of-emergency, with only essential employees reporting to work. Most of the NQA staff were prepared to work from home in order to keep audit schedules on track for our customers. By Tuesday at midnight the travel ban had been lifted across all of Massachusetts, however the Governor urged companies to keep employees home to allow for the state to continue clean-up efforts and ensure the roads were safe.

So, NQA kept the doors closed for another work day as employees began the task of digging out. Here’s a link to ABC News which includes a very short time lapse video that you might find entertaining.

On Thursday employees were back at their desks, working hard to reschedule a number of audits that were cancelled due to the storm. It was good to be back to business-as-usual! During all of this, we were reminded of the importance of being prepared when the unexpected happens.

Business continuity, or disaster preparedness, is an essential consideration for any business that wants to give customers the confidence that even when an unexpected situation arises, we can continue to be a reliable partner. All organizations might be subject to disruptions; this may include technology failure, flooding, utility disruption, fire, terrorist attack... or even a blizzard. One of NQA’s newest offerings, ISO 22301 is the International Standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM).

It specifies requirements for setting up and managing an effective business continuity management system. We hope that you’ll consider implementing an ISO 22301 management system as a “lesson learned” from our experience with Juno, so you can give your customers the confidence that you’ll be there for them regardless of the risks that threaten each of our businesses every day.

Have you heard? Just after I was about to put down the pen, our Acton office has gotten hit with another two feet of snow this week. That’s 5 feet of snow in the past 6 days! That means it’s time to get back to rescheduling audits… again!

We wish all of you a safe and enjoyable winter, and look forward to seeing you soon at one of our ISO 2015 Transition Roadshow Events, or at your next audit. Until then, here’s to Spring which is just around the corner!