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.
Emergency Management: Security Practices & DR Integration
Posted on Wednesday, May 14 @ 11:54:47 PDT by roradmin
Ralph Petti, MBCI
President, RP Risk Advisors, LLC
Are you assimilating your Security Firm procedures with your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning? If not, you may be running the risk of not having a single point of communication and accountability if you are affected by a contingency or security event in your organization.
Traditionally, most firms select a reputable security firm to provide Security Guard Services, Intrusion Detection Systems, Video Surveillance Systems and other such protection methods. In some cases, they employ security firms to provide Executive Security, Biometric Access Scanning and other advance access methods. While your Physical Security program seems to be in good shape, is this area integrated with your Disaster Recovery program?
Given that, at the time of a disaster, could there be more than one list of key personnel able to enter your building? Does Operations have a list? Does IT have a list? Does HR have its own list? Chances are, the Security organization will have a list that will be the most accepted!
Are you including your Security Management Operating Procedures with the efforts of other enterprise organizations including Telecommunications and Operations (Disaster Recovery), Business Units (Business Continuity Planning), Human Resources and Administration (Communications and Notification), Governance and Finance (Regulatory Compliance), Personnel (Occupational Health and Safety) and many, many other areas to create a single plan? If you are not combining these individual areas of planning into one enterprise plan, you need to do so.
Your ability to meet your business goals and fulfill your obligations to your customers depends largely on your ability to protect your employees, guests, and physical and intellectual property so that you continue to operate without disruption.
Gaining management’s agreement that many critical areas need to be more closely entwined is a key building block in your overall business’s integrated contingency response. In most cases, each of these organizations may be somewhat territorial in nature and believe that their team members are the most critical and would need priority access. This is a natural reaction, and everyone needs to know that they should be ‘represented’ by their best or most appropriate team members to become a part of a single team of respondents.
The advent of greater public and private collaboration is driving a great deal of this new thinking. Instead of desiring to be more global in thinking, one finds themselves required to be more global in nature. If that is where the corporate world is going, it’s about time that everyone realized that less is more – and having a single response is critical.