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Don’t Let Your Disaster Plan Collect Dust

By Joy LePree |

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA; Washington, D.C.) there were 95 Federal disaster declarations in the year 2013 in the U.S. The state-by-state disaster statistics show even higher numbers of events, emergencies and disasters in 2013 for many states in the U.S. For the same year, there were at least four major explosions at chemical plants, including the West Fertilizer explosion and fire in West, Tex., which killed 15; the Williams Olefins plant explosion and fire in Geismar, La., which killed two; the CF Industries fire and explosion in Donaldsonville, La., which killed one; and the Danlin Chemical Plant fire and explosion in Thomas, Okla., in which no one was injured, but the facility was destroyed. Obviously, when serious disaster strikes at a chemical processing facility, the aftermath can be tremendous, not only for the employees, emergency responders and the financial health of the company, but also for the communities surrounding the facility. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.), about 480 chemical facilities in the U.S. each could put about 100,000 or more people at risk both in the plant and in the surrounding communities if the chemicals produced or stored…
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