Eliminate the Guesswork in Resuming Operations after a Major Disruption
Most municipalities already have some form of planning in place. Stakeholders expect such basic services, like mass notification of important information through communications systems, natural disaster plans to respond to life safety issues and having supplies and resources in place when needed.
Yet, many plans do not go far enough.
What Happens After the Disaster?
We find that many cities lack a disaster recovery plan to restore town services and get the community back on its feet.
In the event elected officials are not able to resume their duties, is there a line of succession for mayor? What about town council? Are there standby agreements with outside agencies and key stakeholders to assist when your resources are overstretched or unavailable?
We bridge the gap and leverage the pieces already in place, while adding the necessary components and fully preparing your community for effective response and recovery.
By working closely with other government agencies (county, state, federal) you get a well-integrated plan that works effectively for all types of emergencies or disasters.
An Emergency Management Plan provides many benefits.
Comprehensive plan that addresses emergency management for resident/community safety and continuity of town services
Quicker recovery by establishing key roles and responsibilities in advance, including leadership
Peace of mind knowing how to handle an emergency or disaster
Confidence in fulfilling the duty to protect your community
Goodwill by leading key stakeholders through a comprehensive plan to address their needs during an emergency
Coordinated communications with all government agencies and stakeholders to reduce conflict and confusion in messages to your community
Interested in improving your plan or need help getting a recovery plan started? Contact us today for a complimentary, on-site consultation.
When Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989, parts of the Lowcountry were without electricity for a month. Even 80 miles inland, eight residents perished in Berkeley County, which experienced wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour.
Living in the South Carolina Lowcountry, we all know it’s not a matter of if, but when, the next major hurricane will occur. When that next hurricane hits, is your organization positioned to reopen quickly?
On January 6, 2005, sixteen freight cars derailed in Graniteville, South Carolina. Eight people died in this tragedy from inhaling chlorine gas. More than 5,000 thousand people were evacuated.
Consider that Charleston boasts one of the largest seaports in the nation, which means tons of products, hazardous and non-hazardous, are transported by truck and rail everyday. It’s only a matter of time before another large-scale incident happens.
Have you considered the proximity of your organization to the daily transportation of chemicals and other dangerous materials? Would you know what to do if a chemical spill happened near your business?
In a 2001 study conducted by FEMA, Charleston ranked among the top 40 cities in the nation for high-loss potential due to an earthquake. In 1886, Charleston experienced one of the largest historic earthquakes in eastern North America and by far the largest earthquake in the southeastern United States, with an estimated magnitude between 6.9 and 7.3.
In 2004, researchers from the Charleston Seismic Hazard Analysis Consortium estimated 14 billion dollars in damage and potentially 900 fatalities with 45,000 injuries if Charleston experienced another six or higher magnitude earthquake. The reality is – it’s very likely to happen. The Consortium reported that 137 earthquakes had been located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone (MPSSZ) from 1996 through 2003.
Do your employees know the standard safety procedures to take during an earthquake? Do you?
The Town of Seabrook Island is a diverse coastal community with a fluctuating population of full-time residents and vacationers. The tenure of elected officials also fluctuates, which requires quick communication of disaster recovery steps to newly elected Town Council members. However, Seabrook Island had neither the personnel nor the expertise to conduct a full assessment of its potential threats. Without a plan to mitigate risks, officials were unsure whether the town could sustain operations through a disaster.