NATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
“Forging Partnerships for Readiness, Relief and Recovery”
11- 12 April 2017- Chennai
Industry being part of the society is equally affected by both natural and Human Induced disasters; therefore, the compounded losses suffered by the industries, including direct, indirect and secondary losses, are colossal and virtually incalculable. The study also reveals that around 43% of the industries, experiencing a disaster, never reopen and 29% close after a gap of two years even if they mobilize resources to restart operations. Large industries which are a very few in number have larger capacity to recover fast; However, they also suffer huge losses when it comes to Disasters
Industry being part of the society is equally affected by disasters. While it is a resource provider for relief operations it is also a victim of the phenomenon. Disaster preparedness is very critical to business survival. In the event of a crisis, ensuring ongoing business operation needs pre crisis preparation and a clear, executable and rapidly accessible Business Continuity Program. Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a vital part of the resilience capability of every organization. As per a survey on Business Continuity Management by KPMG 79 per cent of the businesses in India do not have a documented and tested BCM plan. Therefore adoption of ISO standards for mitigation and preparedness for Industry is highly recommended in order to help organisations to compete effectively and resume normal operations in the event of a disaster and avoid long term losses to the business.
As Industry is also one of the biggest stakeholders in providing relief to the community. The involvement of industry, therefore, needs to extend to all phases that is Disasters Preparedness, Mitigation , Relief and Post Disaster Recovery.
There are also ample opportunities for the businesses, as innovators and developers of product and services which are still untapped so as to make communities more disaster resilient. Some of the areas where industries can play vital role are:
- Information Technology based solutions and services.
- Promoting Disaster resilient Construction
- Developing machinery, equipment and material for disaster response and relief.
- Pharmaceutical and Health care
- Promoting Fire Prevention and management.
- Developing Risk Insurance tools for disasters
- Provide services for Business Continuity Planning including Human Resource and Infrastructure.
- Develop specific Skills through Training of various stake holders.
- Provide Logistics and Supply Chain solutions during crisis situations.
- Introduce special collateral-free loan products for business recovery.
To bring to the fore all these aspects, the Confederation of Indian Industry proposes to put together a collaborative platform, National Summit on Disaster Management “Forging Partnerships for Readiness, Relief and Recovery” in partnership with National Disaster Management Authority. This will be a two-day program.