Super Bowl blackout illustrates importance of disaster preparation

Posted by Justin Hesser on February 4, 2013

The National Football League – close to a trillion dollar enterprise – should not suffer many setbacks, particularly in regards to the basic functionality of its biggest stage. However, even the mighty fall down sometime. 

On Sunday night, as a record number of people tuned into the Super Bowl, they were met with something they never expected to see – a total blackout. The New Orleans Superdome, hosting the country’s biggest sporting event for the first time in 11 years, suffered a power outage early on in the third quarter. The perfect entity known as the NFL could do nothing but wait, as players, attendees and viewers around the world were deprived of football for 34 minutes.

The lights eventually came back on and the action picked up again without a hitch. In fact, the game was more competitive after the blackout than it had been prior to the incident. However, the event shows that any organization, regardless of its wealth of resources, can’t rely on perfection all the time. Incidents happen, and organizations that are properly prepared will be the ones that overcome the adversity. 

Suppose a standard midsize company suffers a similar blackout? It’s highly unlikely that it would possess the resources and ability to survive the event unscathed as the NFL did, unless it was ready. To prepare an organization, companies may need to make advanced software investments to ensure all of its information is organized and protected.

This could come in the form of high-end procurement, or it could call for custom application development. Using FileMaker to build a solid database software system can give businesses the opportunity to better store pertinent data, while tracking and sharing it seamlessly. Not only will this produce an added layer of operational efficiency, it would give companies the tools to ensure they alleviate the damages caused by any unforeseen incident.