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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
usatoday.com


Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
NYTimes.com


How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown
NYTimes.com


Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel
NYTimes.com


Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents
BBCNews.com


Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
independent.co.uk


In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert
bbc.co.uk


Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry
reuters.com


Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"
bbc.co.uk.com






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Business Preparedness has taken on a new sense of urgency in light of recent terrorist attacks, the escalated threat of computer related viruses, the increasing occurrence of emergencies and natural disasters worldwide.

Current demographic trends suggest that even more people will relocate, live and work in regions with significantly high natural hazard risk. The need for businesses and communities to work together, plan and implement timely, cost-effective means to save lives, reduce property damage, and limit disaster costs has never been more important.



Emergency Preparedness for the Private Sector



Various cities in the United States have implemented the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS). A system developed by The Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET) and the government for emergency response and cooperation following a disaster situation.

The system allows for businesses critical personnel rapid re-entry into the workplace to assess damages and ensure their companies’ viability, continuity and recovery ensuring closer cooperation between the government and private sector, critical issues for businesses following an incident.

Through CEAS, BNet hopes to facilitate concrete partnerships between local governments and their business communities to enhance the safety and security in those communities.


Read What is the Corporate Emergency Access System?

Read the Corporate Emergency Access System Fact Sheet

Read the Corporate Emergency Access System Brochure



Protect Your Business

Every Business Should Have A Plan
Plan to Stay in Business
Protect your business from disasters
Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry
Business Recovery - Checklist
Map Service Center
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
DRII Professional Practices for Business Continuity

FEMA Regional Operation Centers

DHS Strategic Plan - Securing Our Homeland


Small Business Resources


Small Business Preparedness
Small Business Preparedness Guide - SBA pdf

Pandemic


Pandemic Flu Resources
Agriculture, Wild Life & Public Health - State Contacts
Combatting Avian Influenza in North America
Office of Medical Services Pandemic Influenza Plan
Avian Influenza
Pan American Health Organization
DOT Pandemic Flu Planning - Guidelines

Natural Disasters

Earthquake
About Earthquake - Learning
Earthquake Preparedness

Fire
Fire! Are You Ready?

Storm Watch
FEMA - Storm Watch

Flooding
Flooding! Are You Ready?
Floods and Flash Flooding - Get the Facts

Hurricanes
Hurricanes! Are You Ready?
FEMA Before a Hurricane
American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Guide
Katrina, The long road back - All about Katrina - MSNBC

Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms & Lightning! Are You Ready?

Tornado
Tornado! Are You Ready?

Tsunami
Tsunamis! Are You Ready?

Blackouts
Power Outages


Man made Disasters

Terrorism
General Information about Terrorism

Biological
Biological Threats

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Chemical Threats

Nuclear
Nuclear Threats


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BCP/DR Plan
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