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.
As evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfire return to their homes and community recovery continues, we are visibly reminded of the importance of planning for emergencies. In British Columbia, as part of the province’s efforts in preparing for an impending earthquake, Exercise Coastal Response, Western Canada’s largest earthquake and tsunami response exercise, was held last week from June 7 to 10, 2016. To organize and execute response, recovery and verification events, it is important to obtain guidance from a standard that presents best practice in emergency and business continuity management. One such standard is CSA Z1600 Emergency and continuity management program.
Did you know that floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada? According to Public Safety Canada, floods are the country’s costliest natural disaster, with regards to property damage. Because floods can occur any time of year, in any region — floods affect hundreds of thousands of Canadians annually. And if your business operates in Metro Vancouver, you know all too well that this metropolis is one of Canada’s rainiest! If you are operating in other coastal areas, you can also be at risk of flooding from rising sea levels or storm surges. So what can you do to mitigate the effects of flooding?
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.
British Columbia Emergency Program Act Under Review — Why You Need to Participate
In January 2016, the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, launched a consultation initiative to revise the BC Emergency Program Act. With catastrophes on the rise, there’s no better time than now, to offer your recommendations for improving the legislation.