Planning for a pandemic: is your business prepared?

Bushfire recovery as a shared human-nature journey “Engaging people affected by disaster in conservation activities has been found to enhance social wellbeing, and has led to long-term stewarding of local ecosystems.” Full story:


Trump mocked sea wall to protect N.J. from flooding. Now the project is halted.

An ambitious and controversial plan for protecting New Jersey and New York from future Sandy-like flooding is suddenly on hold.

The $19 million study meant to explore the impacts of five different storm surge-protection proposals has been halted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In a statement, Army Corps spokesman Michael Embrich said the study, which was publicly mocked by President Donald Trump last month, had been stopped due to a lapse in federal funding, and would remain suspended until that funding is restored…


Resilience key to federal disaster plan

With the cost of natural disasters expected to reach $39 billion a year by 2050, the federal government is focused on building a resilient Australia.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud pointed to the recent bushfire crisis in his annual disaster risk reduction statement to parliament. “The extraordinary nature of these events have highlighted the need to build resilience,” he said on Wednesday.

“Reducing disaster risks … must become business as usual as we adapt to a changing climate.”

“The government has been one step behind the entire way because they had no plan.” Mr Littleproud said natural disasters now cost $18.2 billion per year, but that price tag was expected to more than double to $39 billion by 2050, “even without accounting for a change in climate”…


Planning for a pandemic: is your business prepared?

The typical solutions, which essentially involve moving people away from compromised sites to ‘back up’ locations, just won’t work in a pandemic, such as with coronavirus COVID-19: it’s one virus that will not affect computer systems.

Instead, it will be people rather than infrastructure that will become unavailable. And it is the largest firms, with multiple overseas offices and highly centralised support functions, that will be most at risk from staff being unavailable for work.

In a pandemic, computer systems will continue to work, provided that key operational and maintenance staff have uninterrupted access to their control terminals. Telecommunication networks will continue to work – again, provided that network and security managers have the essential monitoring and control capabilities….

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