Emergency Planning

DEBUNKING EARTHQUAKE MYTHS

DEBUNKING EARTHQUAKE MYTHS

Understanding how to protect yourself in an earthquake is crucial. Here we explore three common myths about earthquakes, to help you be better prepared when the ground starts to shake. Additionally, you may be surprised to find some previously common advice has now been reformed. 

EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR SCHOOLS

EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR SCHOOLS

September – the month anticipation reaches its peak for every educator. There’s a buzz of excitement in the air. But as school resumes, the fall season can also become imbedded with underlying concerns of safety from parents and colleagues, should a crisis occur.

PREPARE. RESPOND. RECOVER. HOW DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION MEASURE UP?

PREPARE. RESPOND. RECOVER. HOW DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION MEASURE UP?

Ensuring your organization is prepared for and equipped to manage emergencies is key to a successful recovery if the unexpected occurs.

Take our emergency management and preparedness quiz now to find out how your organization measures up!

 

HOW IS YOUR ORGANIZATION PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES THIS SUMMER?

HOW IS YOUR ORGANIZATION PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES THIS SUMMER?

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?

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - A WEEK IN REVIEW

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - A WEEK IN REVIEW

Emergency Preparedness Week 2016 will be remembered for the wildfires that ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta.  At the time of writing this blog post, the wildfire has surpassed over 101,000 hectares and damage costs according to Bank of Montreal could reach $9 billion for insurers. The overwhelming speed of the fire and the severe impacts it has had to the city and its residents emphasize the need to be prepared and reinforces the message of EP Week – Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

WILDFIRES AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRES — WHAT’S YOUR BACK-UP PLAN?

WILDFIRES AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRES — WHAT’S YOUR BACK-UP PLAN?

When a system is tested against extreme circumstances, such as the unprecedented wildfires currently raging in Fort McMurray, lessons can be learned to ensure organizations and the communities they operate within, are better equipped to prepare for, respond to and recover from — emergencies.

PREPARING COASTAL BUSINESSES FOR THE BIG 3 - #2 EARTHQUAKES

PREPARING COASTAL BUSINESSES FOR THE BIG 3 - #2 EARTHQUAKES

After witnessing the devastating effects of the April 2016 earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, it’s increasingly difficult to deny the importance of planning and preparing for earthquakes. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, over 60% of British Columbians live in a region where some of the largest earthquakes in the world occur. And, if you’re located in coastal areas, your chances of being affected increase. In the coastal state of California, the cost of earthquakes equates to over $60 billion in losses since 1971. The losses include the destruction of building and infrastructures, as well as losses in business operations.

TOP 10 MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR OFFICE'S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT

TOP 10 MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR OFFICE'S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT

To ensure that your response and recovery plans can be implemented effectively, it is essential to equip your employees with easy access to supplies — the best way to do this is by providing workplace emergency preparedness kits. Emergency preparedness kits don’t just include first aid kits; they are comprised of other vital supplies to aid in the immediate aftermath of an emergency. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPORTATION IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS CONTINUITY

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPORTATION IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS CONTINUITY

As we’ve previously shared on our Emergency Management Matters blog, transportation plays a key and invaluable role for company operations, and is a vital element of emergency management. It provides the service that links companies to their suppliers, customers and employees — the consequences suffered when transportation services and infrastructure are impacted following a disaster, are far reaching.

HOW WILL YOUR ORGANIZATION GET FROM A TO B WHEN A LARGE-SCALE EVENT OCCURS?

HOW WILL YOUR ORGANIZATION GET FROM A TO B WHEN A LARGE-SCALE EVENT OCCURS?

In December 2015, the US Geological Survey measured a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. As a result of the earthquake, two of Metro Vancouver’s transit lines were shut down for 90 minutes. This recent shake, which caused no damage, is a reminder that organizations must be prepared when the unexpected occurs. When an incident cripples transportation routes, how will your personnel or key supplies get from A to B?

TRANSPORTING KEY SUPPLIES

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TRANSPORTATION IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Transportation can be described as the critical infrastructure for communities and their economies. Routes and channels, where goods and services are transported, are often coined as the arteries of a community. And it is descriptions like these that really hit home when disasters strike. The world has witnessed far too many disasters and now recognizes that the lack of roads, railroads and airports can incapacitate a community and bankrupt businesses. According to the World Economic Forum report in 2012, more than 90% of those surveyed express that supply chain and transport risk management have become a priority for their organization over the last five years.