In a recent article written by Deborah P. Scanlon, Chairman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Union County, New Jersey and posted on the myCentralJersey.com website, our attention is drawn to the urgency for better preparedness when faced with a disaster the likes of which have impacted Japan since March 11th. The unique twist of Ms. Scanlon’s article goes beyond just the nuclear reactor sources of energy issue and addresses an urgent need to plan for a future in which energy provides us with the power to respond quickly and effectively to disasters — instead of creating the potential to make a terrible situation even worse.
In the interests of long-term security concerns, Union County has already begun its transition to lower-risk sources of energy options, and, perhaps this activity can spur many other local communities and organizations to plan accordingly and use these Union County activities as a benchmark for planning future energy strategies for other — regional and national scope — requirements.
Union County’s coastline is packed with fuel and chemical facilities. Union County is an international transportation hub with a major seaport, airports, and vital interstate roadways, and is also one one of the most densely populated counties in the most densely populated state in America. Fortunately, there is no comparative seismic activity level to match that of Japan present in Union County — however, that does not allow any less level of urgency for emergency management planning teams in that area.
Click here to read more about potential energy management decisions you, your organization, or your community may consider by learning from the actions taken by Union County – bottom line — we all face the need to act now in securing a better energy future for ourselves, our companies, our communities, and our nation.
If applicable, please pass this information along to those disaster preparedness, crisis management and business continuity team members in your organization. If part of a private sector initiative to promote a better energy preparedness level, also then pass this information along to those PS-Prep strategy planning teams as well.
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