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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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Emergency Management: Workplace Violence Prevention Tips
Posted on Thursday, October 08 @ 10:43:37 PDT by editor

OSHA clearly states that employers are expected to provide safe and secure workplaces devoid of any hazards that place employees at risk and must eliminate those hazards.

10 Situational TO DO TIPS

Here are some rudimentary Tips rooted in reality for your consideration in priority:
1. Do report all incidents to management and your organization.
2. Do document all reported incidents.
3. Do follow up on the reported incidents to insure corrective action is taken. Demand a reason why and a get-well plan.
4. Do verify that your organization has a workplace violence prevention program and that it addresses all aspects of worker safety and security.
5. Do ask if your organization has conducted a worksite specific security assessment that identifies potential at risk situations.
6. Do ask for Workplace Violence Prevention Awareness Training that addresses precautionary practices as well as identification of at risk factors and contributing situations and conditions.
7. Do place inconvenience in personal safety to avoid patterns of behavior.
8. Do not take your observations for granted; report your suspicions and your own victimization.
9. Do remove all potential weapons off your desk.
10. Do have an emergency notification or alert system in place in case of need.

These and many more tips that presented as part of an interactive series of case studies and scenarios are what should make up a solid situational workplace violence prevention program. If you are concerned with safety and security at all your employer locations take the proper step forward.

Nater Associates, Ltd.
A workplace violence consulting practice that can help you provide for a safe and secure workplace through cost effective violence interdiction strategies which include integrating, synchronizing and coordinating resources to maximize the effort.

Contact Nater Associates, Ltd.:
Felix P. Nater, CSC/ President
Telephone: 1-877-valu101

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