When we are planning for disasters, some may be more likely to happen than others.
You will want to think about the risk of, and impact from smaller emergencies, where potentially a portion of your building or a limited number of items from your organization may be damaged. But, what will happen in a large-scale disaster when your building is totaled, along with its contents? And beyond that, consider the potential damage from region-wide disasters.
The geographic location of your studio or facility will definitely make a difference in the types of hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities that you may face. If you are near a river, creek, or bayou, the chance for flooding will certainly increase. Those in less-populated areas, where there are tall fields of dry grass may face wildfire threats, and those who live in more urban areas may face fires caused by business, industry, or even arson. Additionally, you may be susceptible to disasters related to nearby airplane, railroad, or automobile accidents if you are located in a city or near a transportation base. Tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, and volcanic eruptions are other risk factors that vary by geographic region.
In the Houston area, there are a number of natural disasters that have happened, or are possible, due to both geographical and man-made reasons.
- Severe weather, including heavy rain, windstorms, drought damage to building foundations, and roof deterioration due to heat.
- Flooding, especially related to tropical storms and hurricanes.
- Pest invasions, including Fire Ants, Snakes, Bees, Wasps, Bats, and other insects and animals.
Man-made disasters which can be caused by location or facilities problems include:
- Crimes such as vandalism, bomb threats, and terrorism or hostile events should be considered.
- Leaky or damaged roof structures, and clogged or damaged gutters and drains, which can result in water damage.
- Infrastructure system problems, including old plumbing and pipes, unmaintained heating and air conditioning systems, or faulty wiring.
- The lack of smoke or heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and lack of fire protection systems such as extinguishers and sprinklers.
TAKE ACTION: Download and/or print this PDF to help you assess your institution's vulnerability based on your location and condition of your facility.