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.
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.