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Japan Focuses Readers On Disaster Preparations

Anyone who isn’t “rethinking” disaster preparedness isn’t paying attention. There is a lot we can learn from this tragedy. First, we could face more than one disaster “event” at a time. Are you compared for an earthquake, followed by a tsunami, combined with massive power outage in threat of a major radiation leak? We talk about three days without help, but that is hardly adequate for an event like this one. Yes, we could face similar massive impact from a quake on the Hayward fault, which some say is due.

  • Will you be able to contact family?
  • Is your business ready to serve the needs of your customers without power, police or other services?
  • Do you, your employees, and your family have agreed to plan for rendezvous, notification and next steps?
  • Do you have contact information for your suppliers if your computers are down?

Question: has Japan’s devastating tsunami caused you to rethink your debt disaster preparedness?

We’ve always been slightly prepared, but this just remind us to update our suppliers and make sure nothing expired on the stuff we had.

It hasn’t caused me to rethink my plans but it would be good to remind everyone to keep at least the following in a safe location, not in your basement: enough water for three days-1 gallon per person per day for drinking and cooking. Enough dried and/or canned fruit for three days-don’t forget your pets, too. Enough cash for a week-electronic economy will be shipped in shambles. Dust mask-look at all the photos of people in Japan. Heavy boots-broken glass and twisted metal can be everywhere. A crescent wrench-to turn off your natural gas.


HIPPA requires all health care organizations to be able to stay operational during any emergency and any disaster. They are required to have alternate facilites in place so that emergency care can continue seemlessly in event of a natural, manmade or any type of disaster or emergency. Is your health care facility ready? Most health care places do have some business continuity, that being safety and IT, however most lack the instructions of what to do immediately after an emergency. That is where Galena Property Services comes into place, we are the experts in the field of disaster planning and recover. We have successfully completed Business Continuation Plans for several departments within Washoe County in the State of Nevada and now have been contracted to provide assistance to complete the Washoe County District Health Department Continuity of Operations Plan. Through the Health Department we have also been contracted to develop a work shop for the health facilities with Washoe County. The workshop will be given during July of this year with the hopes of providing the necessary information for all health care facilities to take their Business Continuity Plans to completion.

Continuity of Operations Planning Complete

Gayle Sherman, Principal of Galena Property Services, specializing in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) has now completed COOP for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Department as well as the county Treasurer’s office and the Washoe County Finance Department. The plans are actionable with alternate work locations. All employees have Grab and Go sheets that indicate what to do in any disaster or emergency. The COOP was well received by all departments.

Galena Property Services has also received a contract to review and complete the COOP for the Washoe County District Health Department. This contract started during March of this year and will be completed within the next three months.

Washoe County DA Newletter

Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has included in their newsletter about Galena Property Services working on a comprehensive Business Continuation Plan. The plan when finished will keep the DA’s office functional during and after any emergency or disaster such as flooding, earthquakes and severe weather events. The DA’s office is one of three Washoe County departments (the other is the Finance and the Treasurer) that Galena Property Services writing Business Continuation Plans. Currently Galena Property Services is in the second phase of actually writing the Emergency Response Team Plan, Disaster Recovery Team Plan and the Incident Management Team Plan.

Seminar on Business continuation

On Saturday December 4, 2010 Galena Property Services presented an educational power point on Business Continuation Planning at the Nevada Black Chamber of Commerce. After the presentation several interested companies have expressed an interest in developing a plan for disaster recovery and emergency planning. The presentation was well received and we look forward to furthering our passion to get the word out on Business Continuity.

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