Business Continuity after Disaster Preparedness – Do’s & Don’ts at Barbados’ Savannah Hotel
At the Savannah Hotel recently, a Panel Discussion was held about “Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity – Hurricane and Fire, Earthquakes; Building Code Planning Checklists”.
Many key disaster control personnel entities were on hand to offer advice for participants, like Judy Thomas of Barbados’ Disaster Emergency Management Agency (DEM) who feels many businesses in this country need to create posts within their organisations specifically to handle disaster-related issues.
The DEM Official also sees the need for Private Sector to be included in devising comprehensive legislation as it concerns disaster continuity. Dr David King was the moderator of the presentation, he advised for Bajan companies to maintain an operational resilience by continuously revising their plans as it relates to extreme weather or similar occurrences affecting companies, shops and factories.
Tony Gibbs of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers (BAPE) advised for the business community to not only keep in mind remaining in service after a catastrophe, but not to be a danger to their immediate neighbours due to inadequate preparations.
Neil Hutchinson, Managing Director of Studio Blue Architects lamented the fact that since there is no official Building Code for Barbados, many companies decide to cut corners in construction budgets by ignoring many crucial safety features essential for a properly designed facility.