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.
Is your Personal Contingency Plan (PCP) in sync with your Business Continuity Plan (BCP)?
People are the missing component in implementing Recovery efforts during regional emergency situations.
A comprehensive Business Continuity or Emergency Management Plan defines all the responsibilities of team members, actions and activities expected to kick in into motion responding to adverse circumstances and situations and to work in unison from a known and tested script and/or methodology.
It assumes that the responsibilities for continuity of operations assigned to every team member will continue to be carried on in times of adversity and relies on people.
Observations made during recent regional disasters show reliance on first responders, management & employees to respond to disaster situations as planned but unable to do so, due to personal concerns and situations at home.
A resiliency gap exist when their planning and strategies fail to take into consideration people’s personal responsibilities at home or concern for the safety and security of their loved ones, which will take priority over their duty to the workplace, preventing them from being available for the employer’s recovery.
Testing of plans performed regularly ensures currency of the plan and training of team members, but does not take into consideration if in a regional disaster, team members will be available, giving a false evaluation of plan effectiveness or preparedness. In addition testing is done when concern for team’s family safety and security is not threatened.
If management and employees were prevented from helping to recover your businesses because they could not leave their family after an emergency or there was some doubt about their home or some other personal interest that created a conflict?
Are you comfortable with the fact that they may not be available to recover your business?
They would IF they knew that their family was safe and provided for.
This happens all the time in situations where employees are faced with tough decisions of what to do (due to fires, blackouts, flooding, pandemic, etc.)
While you have a disaster recovery plan in place at your business, do you and your employees have a disaster recovery plan in place at home that protect loved ones, dependent parents, and the like, even when you are not there to assist?
In partnership with reliable vendors Survival Insights offers tools that focus on planning and recovery solutions for businesses large and small as well as recovery solutions for families and individuals that complement traditional methods.
For Families and Individuals
The Personal Recovery Concepts (PRC) ‘Complete’ solution specializes in people continuity. Everyone needs to be prepared for disasters and be able to support their communities faster by securing their family, homes and property against unexpected losses.
The Complete Solution by PRC is focused on streamlining and simplifying the information needed for anyone to learn, prevent, prepare, and recover from unexpected emergencies, while promoting participation of all members of a household.
Providing management and employees with the means to protect their families and help them get organized is the first step to protect them while ensuring employees availability when they are needed most.
The Every Business Continuity Program (EBCP) is designed to help businesses prepare for, and recover from, any type of man-made or natural disaster. The EBCP has three main components: a PC-based disaster recovery planning software product, a directory of disaster recovery products and services and a training/consulting component to assist in the businesses’ planning efforts and identification of their own critical needs.
Disaster Planning Assistance
Beyond a focus on hurricane preparation, it is important to plan for ALL types of disaster scenarios and not just for hurricanes. If a business or an individual does indeed maintain a practice of planning for such events, and testing their plans, they will be better prepared when a disaster does occur.
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