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.
Human Concerns: Your Family Disaster Plan
Posted on Tuesday, February 06 @ 08:14:12 PST by admin
Your Family Disaster Plan
By: Roberto O. Ramirez
Those that have taken precautions and are prepared to protect their loved ones have more options at their disposal when exposed to and faced with disaster situations or tragedy.
Disaster can strike fast and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home for an undetermined length of time. Are you ready? Or will it come as a surprise to you? What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off or unavailable?
Families can--and do--cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.
If not prepared, the response to emergency situations is always the same - “PANIC,” and in a panic situation your decision making capabilities are reduced or impaired as you try to cope with the situation.
Knowing what to do in advance is your best protection, indeed your responsibility. Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere--at work, at school or traveling. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe?
We rest with the belief that it is the first responders, police, school principals and fire department’s responsibility to imagine the worst kind of disaster that can happen in our communities and plan for continuous service and operations.
Think again. You cannot assume that an incident/failure in your community will mean only a day off, and schools and supermarkets will be open, mail delivered, garbage collected and businesses will perform as usual. Consider the risks to your business and effects to you and your family if your community loses electric power, phones don’t work and/or communication lines (voice and data) are not be operational for 5 days or longer.
Dire Projections? Get you thinking, now your schedule may be affected, on the fly decisions have to be made to address for your family, kids at school, senior parents with disabilities, pets, transportation, work and vacation schedules have to be postponed .etc. etc. etc.
What do I Do? Is a question you may answer depending on whether you are a business owner or working for one, head of a household, working or retired, one thing is for sure, affected you will be.
Educating ourselves, families and community to include basic disaster preparedness is not only wise but essential. To avoid a potential tragedy, trauma or inconvenience of a disaster affecting our immediate family and community one must have viable options rather than improvisation as your only alternative when the damn breaks.
Protecting your family, property and small business may not have been a priority for some but after seeing the devastation that natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina delivered to the Louisiana coast and the city of New Orleans in 2005 and violent tragedies in our schools, (e.g. Columbine, Virginia Tech etc.), one must reflect as to what can be done to prevent being caught in a situation of tragic consequences.
Larger enterprises have been addressing these issues for some time and some have tested plans ready to be executed as soon as a disaster declaration is made. Many people have participated in the testing of large business continuity plans addressing the recovery of technology and/or business areas.