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.
Business Continuity: BCP is not Revenue Producing
Posted on Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:39:42 PDT by editor
One of the biggest disservices to your organization is giving the BCP lip service. Yet, as the economy continues to falter, organizations are doing just that.
As they concern themselves with short-term profits, they lay off full-time personnel and divert other staff to revenue-producing jobs, often overlooking long-term planning, such as continuity management. While they know strategic risk management is important, other seemly more urgent tasks vie for their attention, diverting limited resources they may have.
Some may even begin the process, buy a planning template or say they have a plan - but the plan is in actually in someone's head. Or the template sits on the shelf gathering dust, with the "hope strategy."
These managers are fooling themselves and are risking their business's ultimate recoverability from a disruption, says Tom Abruzzo, BCM practice consulting leader with Tamp Systems. Their underlying rationalizations are: why should I assign scarce resources to plan for something that may never happen; and, I'd rather hope that nothing will happen.
In Mr. Tom Abruzzo ongoing observations on planning, his April tip is: Avoid Falling Into the Trap of Giving Your Plan Lip Service "Every day I see companies that say they have a plan, but in reality they disregard developing one for the sake of the bottom line." And these "plans," if they exist, are frequently outdated - based on obsolete technology or former personnel - unfamiliar to employees or key vendors, and untested in real-world practicality.
The bottom line is that simply giving a BCP lip service is a risk to your business. Is it a risk you're willing to take? Tom's favorite quote on this subject is, "the only thing more difficult than 'planning' will be explaining why you didn't."
Consulting and Software for
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning