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Preparing for the Next Big One: The challenge of a sustained operation

September 3, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Centro Banamex
Mexico City
Federal District

When an emergency occurs, it disrupts the business and those who work in it. Schedules change, communications and facilities are impacted, and businesses are challenged. Fortunately, most incidents are over in a matter of a few hours or days. But what happens to the organization when the event goes on for a week – or more? The impact can be considerable. How do you conduct business when what you need isn’t readily available – and won’t be available for a long time? Are your people ready for such a catastrophic event? How would you manage?

The 8.0 Mexico City earthquake struck at 7:17 AM CST the morning of 19 September 1985. The event caused serious damage to the city, and the death toll was estimated to be between 5,000 and 10,000 people. The event caused between $3 and $4 billion USD in damage as over 400 buildings collapsed and over 3,000 were seriously damaged due to the seismic resonance in the lakebed sediments and the long duration of the shaking.

While not on or near any fault line like San Francisco or Los Angeles, Mexico City is still vulnerable to earthquakes due to the surface geology of the area. This session will focus on the far-reaching impacts of a significant regional event, how it differs from smaller “routine” outages, and what you need to be thinking and doing before the next “Big One.”

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