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
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.
Making the Assumption Your Vendors Will Help You in Time of Crisis
Going hand-in-hand with a lack of scrutiny, is the assumption your key vendors will help you in time of disaster to replenish mission critical tools or services needed to run your IT and business operations. The good relationship you have in ordinary times may create a false sense of security that your needs will be met during a crisis, and this resulting supply chain risk goes unplanned for.
Consider several cases in point: Will your heating and cooling service provider be able to repair your air conditioning system or provide emergency fuel if you need it in a disaster situation? How long will it take your IT vendors/partners to assist you during a crisis? Will your software vendors provide you with the software keys required to run their software on alternate computers when you need to do so?
Get your key vendors and partners to commit and confirm they will supply you what you need, i.e., the fuel, IT resources, software keys, whatever is crucial to your IT and business operations. Do you have evidence of these service level agreements documented? The continuation of most businesses is too important to make this assumption and allow your suppliers such latitude.
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