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?
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.