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1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.

Galveston TX Hurricanes

Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years
Average Direct hit every 8.63 years

The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents
Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000

The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph
42    people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage

Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States
Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.

Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars

Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history

Nuclear Issues

Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel

Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert

Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry

Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"

More, Did You Know That


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To the Point; Pandemic Flu Prevention

By Marvin Weinschel

Most contingency planners already know that serious flu pandemics occur every few decades and some have killed millions of people. Forgive the pun, but Avian Flu is nothing to sneeze at. More than 65% of the people who have contracted the disease so far have died from it.

I am personally concerned for the welfare of my family and friends.

Contingency Planners help companies be prepared to recover from business disruptions. We are not medical practitioners, so our focus in pandemic preparations is on dealing with workforce unavailability.
Minimizing that unavailability via prevention and awareness is principally an issue for doctors and epidemiologists, but it contributes to process recoverability before and during a pandemic event. For this reason, we often get involved in planning to minimize the spread of a serious disease throughout our client’s firm.

I was recently, involved on a project related to a pandemic response planning phase for a company consisting of over 10,000 employees. As the elements of this program are propagated throughout the firm, plans for pandemic response will be enhanced, additional materials and antiviral medicines will be purchased, a skills database will be improved, people will be trained to use the tools provided, remote computing capability will be augmented, and all those other big and little things will be done that need to be done to ready the company for pandemic.

Of all the things that need to be done, the most critical – for the business and its employees – is awareness. Simple things like knowing how to sneeze or cough or wash your hands and why you would want to do that could change behaviors amongst your personnel and in their families.

Preventing the spread is done by spreading the prevention. The more people who learn and use preventive measures, the more protection your loved ones will have. Good habits can be contagious.

I implore you… help your organization spread good habits that will help minimize the deadly impact of a pandemic.

The life you save could be someone you love.

Marvin Weinschel is an accomplished speaker,
author of books on Business Continuity, and
author of many articles published in major magazines


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Published on: 2008-04-21 (1223 reads)

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