CREW has published a summary report from the 2012 Business Round table Series. The round tables represent a continuation of CREW’s efforts to improve resilience throughout the Cascadia region. Businesses of all sizes will find many relevant lessons and ideas to improve their preparedness efforts.
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do. http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/earthquake-app
Oregon state agencies, Department of Energy, Public Utility Commission, and Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) completed the Oregon Energy Assurance Project, including the DOGAMI earthquake risk study in Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub. This study focused on the risk to Oregon’s energy sector, raised awareness of the risk and encouraged mitigation. Please find DOGAMI’s report at co-author Scott Miles’ link at: http://www.wwu.edu/huxley/resilience/Publications/DOGAMI_CEI_Hub_report.pdf.
CREW held a Business Roundtable in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 10, 2012. This is the third in CREW’s series of roundtables throughout the Cascadia region. The intent was to determine where information or tools are lacking in business earthquake mitigation and resilience. These roundtables will help CREW develop a resource to fill this need. Please see powerpoint presentations from this important roundtable:
- Introduction – Cale Ash, Degenkolb, CREW President – CREW-EPICC – BC Business Roundtable 120710
- Shaking Vancouver: What if a Major Earthquake Happened Today? – Bert Struik, Geological Survey of Canada, NRCan – EPICC-CREW_Struik_2012-07-10
- Business Preparedness, Mitigation, Response & Recovery – Teron Moore, Emergency Management BC – CREW-EPICC – BC Business Roundtable-T.Moore 120710
A white paper will be published in September 2012 to discuss the findings of each business roundtable.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northern Italy on the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012. Many masonry buildings were damaged, including some historic churches and castles. This region is also home to Italy’s Parmesan cheese industry and the earthquake toppled aging racks; 300,000 wheels of cheese are feared lost (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/22/italy-earthquake-hits-parmesan-cheese-production). Moderate earthquakes can have significant business impacts. CREW has publications relevant for business preparedness; for mitigation information check out the QuakeSmart Toolkit.