While regional security and operational challenges tend to be the exception rather than the rule, some businesses do face seasonal challenges. Hurricane season, wildfire season, blizzard season can each present localized problems that, so long as the problems don't eliminate your connection, the cloud can help you overcome. While the cloud wasn't always referred to by that name when Katrina struck, a look at the role technology played in responding to that disaster can help you understand ways the cloud can support you should nature turn fierce in your area. As is often pointed out, that connection is the potential fly in the ointment. Should a weather or other natural disaster disrupt your ability to connect, all the cloud resources in the world won't be of much use to you. In other words, make sure your disaster recovery plan includes being able to connect with the cloud -- not just counting on the cloud.