Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Disasters. Are you ready?

It seems like disasters – either natural or man made – happen all too often.  Whether it’s the recent earthquakes, flooding, or the oil leaking in the gulf, disasters on every scale are in the news.

Just yesterday, I was reading that BP had not planned for the type of accident that occurred (you can read the article here).  In a plan they submitted in February 2009, they stated that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected." As we all know now, the recent problem is causing issues in the Gulf and will probably cause problems for years to come.  If BP had planned for a spill at that depth, could the spill have been controlled?

We might not be experiencing oil spills in the glass industry, but what if your shop floods and your employees can’t get to work? You can’t be prepared for everything, but you can make sure you have a plan that puts your business in the best possible position. FEMA has an Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry to get you started.

Disasters can happen at any time. Is your business ready?

Alyssa Kirkman
Sr. Manager

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