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.
Insufficient Scrutiny of Your Business's Supply Chain
Consider this: If one of your mission critical vendors or partners had a disaster, would that cause a disaster for your company? In order for any company to survive, they need goods and services to which they provide their own value-added service.
Despite this need, businesses sometimes assume that their vendors and partners will always be available to provide the goods and services they regularly provide. They don't take the time to make certain their key vendors have a valid business continuity plan in place.
Ask your mission critical vendors-such as your software vendor or IT provider - about their Recovery Strategies and Recovery Time Objectives. Specifically, if your vendor or partner had a disaster, what recovery strategy would they employ and in what timeframe would they expect to recover? Also, ask them when they last tested the plan and if it was successful. This request for verification should be sent in written form to your key vendors and partners. Then, your vendors should grant access for a personal or online meeting to disclose documented proof. Be aware that if they refuse, it raises a red flag about the existence of this evidence.
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