Tuesday, July 31, 2012

India's Blackout Disaster

The developing disaster in India caused by the massive power grid failure is an unfortunate example of a disaster caused by a combination of natural and man made acts.  As this disaster unfolds before us, power companies throughout the world, along with businesses and governments are watching closely.  The lessons learned from the India power grid disaster will hopefully prevent or at least mitigate similar power grid implosions elsewhere. 

Preparing for a catastrophic power failure requires significant planning.  Whether caused by negligence, nature, or terrorists, businesses and governments must put in place the necessary contingency and backup plans to allow them to survive the disaster.  It may be backup generators, off site alternative work spaces, or old world work plans that help recover from a power grid disaster. 

The Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association has presented multiple programs throughout the 2011-2012 year on all aspects of disaster preparation and response.  Its Task Force on Disaster Preparation and Response will present two fabulous programs on disasters caused by acts of terrorism on August 3, 2012 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm at the CLE Center at the Hyatt.  How to plan ahead and how to cope with a power grid failure caused by a terrorist act may be discussed.  For more information, click here

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