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.
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?
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.