As the floodwater in B.C.’s interior recede, critical infrastructure (CI), like utilities and highways, are tackling the hard work of restoration and repair. Disruption to CI during an emergency can be catastrophic—lives can be lost, economies can tank, and public confidence can tumble.
At the annual Clean Pacific conference last week in Portland, OR, we attended a session on volunteer planning in oil spill response. The presentation focused on the different types of volunteers that can emerge during an oil spill (affiliated, spontaneous and micro), and how they can be integrated into response planning.
Public perception often places government at the core of emergency management and planning. And while this is largely true, it doesn’t necessarily represent the full picture of emergency preparedness in Canada. With wildfire season upon us, it’s time to break down the responsibilities of emergency management - your business included.
Technology is becoming prevalent now more than ever - we rely heavily on it to communicate with everyone around us, use it to read breaking news, and are alerted in the event of an emergency with Alert Ready. But in the event of an emergency, how should you be using your technology to reap the benefits?
When disaster strikes, having a plan in place to protect your workforce is an essential part of your business continuity plan. More often than not, planning and executing an emergency drill takes a backseat among other priorities, but with the frequency of natural disasters on the rise, preparing your organization for an emergency is of utmost importance.
In British Columbia, one of the greatest threats is an earthquake. There are more than 3,000 earthquakes in British Columbia every year, though most are not large enough to cause any damage.
Understanding how to protect yourself and your workforce in an earthquake is crucial, especially with so many earthquake myths floating around. Take matters into your own hands by registering your organization for the 2017 Great BC ShakeOut on October 19th, 2017 at 10:19 am (PST). No matter where you’re located, join millions of people worldwide to practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On”.
Although practice makes perfect, participating in the drill isn’t quite enough to prepare your workforce for the “Big One”. To reinforce earthquake procedures, spend some time with your team discussing these points after the drill:
● Feedback - Find out how your team felt during the drill, discuss what can be improved, and welcome any ideas they have to better ready themselves, should an earthquake, or other event, occur.
● Bare necessities - Do your team members have personal emergency kits under their desks? If they needed to stay in the office building, for 4 hours longer than normal, or even 72 hours, do they have everything they need?
● After the quake - What is the process for your staff to make it home? How will traffic routes to people’s homes be impacted during a disaster?
By participating in the Great BC ShakeOut and discussing potential challenges in advance, your workforce will be better prepared for unexpected emergencies. And, if the time comes, you and your staff will be ready for the all hands on deck task of implementing and executing your post event business continuity plan.
Looking for more earthquake tips? Read our post on how to effectively prepare your business for an earthquake.
Convergent Volunteers are those members of the community who come forward without having been previously affiliated, prepared, or trained by the specific organizations in which they are supporting. Regulators, recognizing this trend, are starting to request that the operators of some critical infrastructure, like pipelines, have convergent volunteer management plans in place. So, how do you get ahead and prepare your business for the volunteer wave?
Businesses are like a standing line of dominos. People, facilities, and technology all interacting to produce the goods and services for your customers. At any point though, an emergency can interrupt that flow and set a chain reaction similar to that of dominos falling. Check this article for tips to ensure all your dominos are still standing following an emergency.
There is an emergency. You’ve deemed the safest action is to stay indoors, rather than to evacuate. Now, do you Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place?
In our final part of the Shelter-in-Place & Lockdown 3-part Blog Series, we explore some quick tips to determine the most appropriate actions for the situation and how to keep your employees safe.
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Threats to your business and employees can come through a variety of means, including violence. When a violent situation occurs, our instincts alert us to get as far away as possible. But sometimes, evacuating the workplace exposes you and your employees to greater danger than simply staying in place and hiding under a table.
This article will explore Lockdown procedures to help you support your personnel and ensure the safest Lockdown approach. This is the 2nd article of our 3-part blog series on Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place.
As a business, ensuring your best assets — your employees — remain safe is critical. Knowing when and how to Shelter-in-Place can prevent employees from evacuating within the vicinity of something more dangerous.
Shelter-in-Place is different from Lockdown. Shelter-in-Place addresses environmental threats, while Lockdown refers to the safety measures taken to protect from violence.
This morning we visited the Global BC studios where CCEM Director Christine Trefanenko sat down with anchor Sonia Sunger to discuss how businesses can prepare for emergencies such as the salt crisis that Vancouverites are experiencing right now. Click to watch the full interview and check out Christine's tips on keeping your business resilient.
It’s #Saltmageddon out there! The extended winter weather in the Lower Mainland has created significant ice and a #SaltCrisis in the city of Vancouver. With abnormal snowfall and unexpected weather on the coast (and across Canada), how can we be better prepared? Know your business. Know your risks. Know your plan.
Summer is not without its share of hazards due to the hot weather.
From storms triggering electrical outages to droughts that can contribute to wildfires, to high heat temperatures impacting air quality — all of these hazards have the potential to cause detrimental impacts to your organization.
Unpredictable weather can greatly impact your organization’s infrastructure, including your technology, facilities and staffing. Does your emergency and continuity program address the hazards of summer?