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20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters

20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters | Are U Ready? | Scoop.it
One thing's for sure: nature is anything but tame. While we've learned to deal with thunderstorms and snow flurries, the threat of natural disaster always seems to be looming over us.

Via Kenneth Weene
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We can only marvel at the magnitude of nature - albeit with reservations

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Anthony M Turner's comment, October 2, 2013 6:03 PM
thanks everyone for the re-scoops and comments - I had the privilege of working for 4 years in disaster recovery and have seen both the best and worst nature can throw at us, the resilience of people and these hidden impacts on wildlife - I can only urge each and everyone of you to be aware of the potential of such disasters and make preparations should such an event strike. If you're a business or know people in business who might be at risk please let them know about http://www.areuready.com.au where they can download a how to for preparation for under 12 bucks.
Sharla Shults's comment, October 2, 2013 6:17 PM
Anthony, awesome to 'meet' someone with such experience in disaster recovery. Only witnessed multiple hurricane disasters while living in FL but those were certainly enough!
Anthony M Turner's comment, October 3, 2013 7:21 AM
great to meet you to Sharla - all extreme weather events have a bitter sweet and are very scary - I think they help us understand how small we really are.
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Disasters DO happen and 90% of businesses are unprepared. Are U Ready is ALL about tips, tools and resources to help you get back on your feet quickly in a post disaster environment whether from natural, man-made or accident/illness causes
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Natural Disasters Displace More People Than Conflict, Trend Is A 'Direct ... - International Business Times

Natural Disasters Displace More People Than Conflict, Trend Is A 'Direct ... - International Business Times | Are U Ready? | Scoop.it
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Natural Disasters Displace More People Than Conflict, Trend Is A 'Direct ...
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Costliest Disasters of 2013 So Far: Floods - Insurance Networking News

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Costliest Disasters of 2013 So Far: Floods
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Total insured losses added up to $20 billion, of which $17 billion stemmed from natural catastrophes.
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note Australia was 6th costliest in the world - makes you think and ask the question - have I taken all the steps I can to protect my business?

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Legal matters - The company you keep: Seven tips to keep you out of trouble as a company director

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Incorporating a business often also means becoming a director – along with all the legal responsibilities that entails. Here are seven key issues you must be aware of as a company director.
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great tips for those considering (or learning about) being a company director

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Natural Disasters - Facts and Information

The definition of natural disasters is any catastrophic event that is caused by nature or the natural processes of the earth. http://basicplanet.com/natural-disasters/

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some good definitions...

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Helping Animals in the Midst of a Natural Disaster

Helping Animals in the Midst of a Natural Disaster | Are U Ready? | Scoop.it
During these difficult times, please look out for wondering, lost, and injured animals. If we don't stop to help them, who will......
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Are you prepared for a business disaster?

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Summer in Australia means BBQs, beach time and watching the cricket but it can also be a dangerous time, with increased risks from natural disasters like fire, storms, cyclones and floods.
In the December 2013 Sensis® Business Index we asked Australian SMEs what they felt posed the greatest risk to their business and whether they had plans in place in the unfortunate event of their business being disrupted.
It was concerning that over half (53%) of SMEs had NO plans in place to deal with an emergency. Less than half (42%) of SMEs had plans in place for staff, less than a third had plans in place for customers, and less than a quarter (24%) had plans in place for suppliers.
Most of the risks that small business people rated fell into two categories – natural disasters such as fire, flood, storms and cyclones, and other business disasters, such as data attack, theft and high staff turnover. Of all of these, it was data attack that most concerned small business people.
Most small businesses (95%) back up their business records, with almost three-quarters using a physical backup onsite. Which is a good start, but still risky if something happens to your business premises.
Only 43% had an offsite backup and only 20% backed up their data in the cloud. Only three in ten SMEs backed up their data in the cloud. It was interesting that male SME operators were over twice as likely as females to back up their records in the cloud.
The natural disasters that small business people were most concerned about not surprisingly varied by location, with SMEs in the southern states most concerned about fire, while those in the Northern Territory were most concerned about cyclones and those in Queensland most concerned about storms. SMEs in Queensland were most likely to have faced a business disruption in the past year, at 20%, compared to 15% on average.
For many small business people it takes time to ensure you've properly assessed whether your business is at risk in the event of a disaster or disruption scenario. What would you do to manage your customers, your staff and your suppliers if something disrupted your business?
So, take a moment, and do it now, to think, have you backed up your business records? Physically and in the cloud? What risks could your business face? And what are your strategies to deal with staff, customers and suppliers? Hopefully, they will be plans that you will never need to use, but if you do, it will be time very well spent.
Read the full Sensis Business Index for December 2013 here.
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Are U Ready (book or e-book) provides a complete 'how to' guide to planning, preparation, response and recovery of natural, manmade and accident/illness disasters - avalable at http://www.areuready.com.au

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Business unprepared for disaster recovery - ITWeb

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Business unprepared for disaster recovery
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The council, which established its local chapter earlier this year, is conducting a study on global disaster recovery. "The preliminary results are cause for concern," Hamman says.
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interesting statistic - 72% of businesses globally are UNPREPARED for disaster recovery - the question is Are U Ready?

 

If your answer is no - check out www.areuready.com.au 

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Is Your Company Resilient Enough to Recover After a Major Disaster? | SBA.gov

Is Your Company Resilient Enough to Recover After a Major Disaster? | SBA.gov | Are U Ready? | Scoop.it

Small businesses play an important role in the nation’s economic growth.   These small companies are also vulnerable to major financial losses—to the point of being forced to shut down for good—as a result of a severe weather event.

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same for Australian Businesses - as we get closer to disaster season the BIG question is Are U Ready? If yiou have any doubt - take a look at www.AreUready.com.au 

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These Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters - The Atlantic Cities

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These Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters
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Worried about wildfires? Deathly afraid of tornadoes?
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Which are the safest places in Australia/New Zealand? 

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20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters

20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters | Are U Ready? | Scoop.it
One thing's for sure: nature is anything but tame. While we've learned to deal with thunderstorms and snow flurries, the threat of natural disaster always seems to be looming over us.

Via Kenneth Weene
Anthony M Turner's insight:

We can only marvel at the magnitude of nature - albeit with reservations

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Anthony M Turner's comment, October 2, 2013 6:03 PM
thanks everyone for the re-scoops and comments - I had the privilege of working for 4 years in disaster recovery and have seen both the best and worst nature can throw at us, the resilience of people and these hidden impacts on wildlife - I can only urge each and everyone of you to be aware of the potential of such disasters and make preparations should such an event strike. If you're a business or know people in business who might be at risk please let them know about http://www.areuready.com.au where they can download a how to for preparation for under 12 bucks.
Sharla Shults's comment, October 2, 2013 6:17 PM
Anthony, awesome to 'meet' someone with such experience in disaster recovery. Only witnessed multiple hurricane disasters while living in FL but those were certainly enough!
Anthony M Turner's comment, October 3, 2013 7:21 AM
great to meet you to Sharla - all extreme weather events have a bitter sweet and are very scary - I think they help us understand how small we really are.