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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

Nuclear Issues

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.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel

Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert

Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry

Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"

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Business Continuity: The Importance of HR and its Commitment to BCP
The Importance of Human Resources and its Commitment to Business Continuity
By Ralph Petti, MBCI, CBCP

Business Continuity: Budgeting for Your Business Continuity Management Program

Budgeting for Your Business Continuity Management Program

Business Continuity: The Importance of the Human Resources Department’s Commitment to BCP

The Importance of the Human Resources Department’s Commitment to BCP?

Business Continuity: Be a Member of the CPE!

Contingency Planning Exchange, Inc. (CPE)

Business Continuity: New Proposed Standards
Secretary Napolitano Announces New Proposed Standards for Private Sector Preparedness Release Date: October 15, 2009

Business Continuity: Recovery Plan Maintenance Overview

Business Continuity: Plan and Prepare for the H1N1 Virus

Business Continuity: Is you PCP in Sync with your BCP?

Business Continuity: TAMP Systems - Opens New Sales Office in Atlanta, GA.

Business Continuity: All Business - Big and Small - Need Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Continuity: BCP is not Revenue Producing

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."

TAMP Systems
Consulting and Software for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Continuity: May 2009 Tip of the Month
May Tip: “Don’t overemphasize the risk assessment process to the detriment of a risk’s response plan.”

Business Continuity: Ready or Not, The Swine Flu is Here

All planning efforts are about to prove of great value.

Business Continuity: March Tip of the Month
By TAMP Systems

March 2009 Tip

Business Continuity: Jan Tip of the Month
by TAMP Systems

Business Continuity: Feb Tip of the Month
By Tamp Systems

Business Continuity: 10 Pitfalls in Creating a Successful Business Continuity Plan
10 Pitfalls in Creating a Successful Business Continuity Plan

by Tom Abruzzo

Business Continuity: BCM Beyond DR

Business Continuity: Good Reasons to Maintain Your Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Strategy

Business Continuity: The Internet, a Dangerous Place for Businesses

Business Continuity: Vital Records
When it comes to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity processes many companies pay lots of lip service and claim to have the ultimate.
But the gap between fantasy and reality sets in when they realize that without a series of processes and holistic approach to these disciplines their claims come into question and doubt.

Business Continuity: Is your Preparedness Suffering from the Current Economic Downturn?

Business Continuity: Business Requirements Drive the Technology
The identification of business requirements, the place to start

Business Continuity: Convergence of Enterprise Protection and Risk Management Methods
By: Ralph Petti, MBCI – President, RP Risk Advisors, LLC

Business Continuity: Pull The Plug

Business Continuity: BCP Standards
Business Continuity Standards – Are You Prepared?

By Paul F. Kirvan, FBCI, CBCP, CISSP

Business Continuity: BCP for ''Business as Usual''
Business Continuity—Planning for “Business As Usual”
By Richard E. Floegel

Business Continuity: Why BCP is No Longer an Optional Program
By Ralph Petti

Business Continuity: Heading to a Disaster
By: Roberto O. Ramirez

Business Continuity: Testing your BCP
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