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The World’s Leading Natural Disasters Expo Launches on the East Coast! 

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The World’s Leading Natural Disasters Expo Launches on the East Coast! 

The world’s leading Natural Disasters Expo is launching at the distinguished Miami Convention Center on the 1st and 2nd of March. This event will be the onestop destination for Emergency Management specialists and Federal and Military emergency response professionals from around the globe to source the newest disasterrelated products and services, maximize recovery methods, and discover new ways to achieve community outreach and preparedness. For two days, visitors have all access to aweinspiring innovation and education from more than 300 cuttingedge suppliers and 100 industryexpertsled seminars. The Natural Disasters Expo is 100% FreeToAttend. It is designed to showcase innovative technology, expand relief program awareness, and cover the ins and outs of the natural disasters industry and projected global weather trends

The Natural Disaster Expo agenda will host an array of global leaders and Local, State, and Federal Government Officials from organizations such as the US Army Corps, FEMA, NOAA, MiamiDade County Department of Emergency Management, and The Mayor of West Miami. Visitors can expect to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge delivered by these Officials in the worldclass Keynote Speaking agenda, as well as network with such VIP Guests during the event itself. On the first day, members of the organization and visitors to the event are welcome to join the sessions hosted by experts discussing strategies that improve earthquake and tsunami  preparednessmitigation and resiliency.

As a global series, The Natural Disasters Expo is thrilled to be supported by some of the brightest minds in the industry with upcoming events in Anaheim, Singapore and Germany, visitors can expect to network at the Miami edition not only with the local business community but also with connections around the world

What The Natural Disasters Expo community has to say:  

Ivan Gruenthal, Partnership and Development Director, Domes for Humanity- Such a blessing to meet so many likeminded people and organizations who believe it is our duty to help those affected by natural disasters around the world.” 

The Natural Disasters Expo team is so excited to once again deliver an energetic and versatile agenda in Miami and provide the ultimate destination for disaster preparation specialists and emergency response professionals

Get your tickets HERE!! –



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Atlas Air and Turkish Airlines Team up to Provide Humanitarian Supplies for Earthquake Victims

Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., today announced an Atlas Air 747-8F departed from Washington Dulles International Airport carrying tons of humanitarian and relief supplies for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

The two companies, along with the Turkish Embassy, are working together to expedite this relief mission to support the critical needs of thousands of people impacted by this natural disaster. Atlas Air is providing the aircraft and crew and Turkish Airlines is collecting clothes, shoes, medical supplies and other essentials.

John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide stated that they were honored to contribute air freight capacity to deliver critical supplies to this region where they are needed the most through the partnership with Turkish Airlines.


The NJBAC Wants to Make Sure Your Business is Prepared for Disasters Amid Rising Weather Trends

The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) offers tips to make sure your business is prepared for natural disasters.

Businesses nationwide are still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing supply chain delays, labor shortages and inflation are just some of the challenges businesses are trying to navigate. To compound these issues, as businesses in our coastal state work to recover from a once-in-a-century public health crisis, they must also prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to November 30.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service — are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year, which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

Estimates indicate that 40% of small businesses never reopen following a disaster and 75% of businesses fail within three years after a natural disaster. The longer your business is not operating, the more likely you are to lose customers permanently to competitors.  It is essential to be prepared with an emergency management plan for these various natural disasters.

No one wants to consider these misfortunes, but they remain possible. However, with the help of advanced planning, businesses will be in an advantageous position and set to “weather” a natural disaster.

The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC), a part of the New Jersey Department of State, recommends several strategies to help small businesses endure:

  • Determine which records, files, and materials are most important and backup. These may include income tax forms, QuickBooks files, customer contact lists, strategy documents, and passwords. Save these files on the cloud using Dropbox, DocHub or Google Docs, free to use.
  • Keep office property secure: Raise computers above the flood level and move them away from large windows; move heavy and fragile objects to low shelves. Secure equipment that could move or fall during a heavy storm. Hire a cybersecurity expert to make sure your systems are secure and virus-free. Protect your most important documents, credit card numbers, email correspondence and more by hiring an expert to set up a secure system.
  • Have a restoration plan in effect: Establish a clear plan if you or your business partners are incapacitated. List types of emergencies in the community that could occur and adjust your plan accordingly. Ensure trusted employees access passwords, keys, alarm codes, phone forwarding and other essential items in the event of a disaster. Consider financial obligations you will have during interruption, such as payroll and debt service, and ensure a system is in place to pay bills electronically. Establish a social media presence for your business (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), and use social media tools to communicate with your customers about your business’ status.
  • Keep insurance up to date: Review your insurance coverage with an agent or your insurance center; specifically, check your business’s interruption insurance status. You can file a business interruption insurance claim detailing any lost income if a disaster occurs. For insurance and tax purposes, maintain written and photographic inventories of all essential materials and equipment and store them in a safety deposit box if possible.
  • Consider installing an emergency generator: Power outages are commonplace during disasters and may last several days. As a result, even businesses that are not severely damaged can suffer losses because of the interruption of normal operations or the loss of perishable stock. You can reduce these losses and speed up recovery by installing an emergency generator in advance.
  • Identify a backup location: If the primary location is destroyed or severely damaged, you should identify a backup location where employees can congregate and clients can visit. This will help ensure that clients are well. Ensure your organization has the proper equipment, including a functioning Wi-Fi router. Telecommuting tools should be available if employees must leave their company location unexpectedly.
  • Keep disaster supplies on hand: Sometimes, the most straightforward emergency plans are the most effective. Always have extra batteries for when the power goes out and critical electronics must be kept running. Important files should have a written backup somewhere in a safe and secure location, like a safe or metal filing cabinet. Have a disaster supply kit handy that includes a battery-powered radio to access National Weather Service information, a battery-powered electronic device charger, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, flashlights, extra batteries, waterproof plastic bags and more.
  • Get property inspected: It’s important to check your building for damage to ensure safety for all employees upon return. Restore electric, gas, telephone and water, and avoid additional damage by making repairs to stabilize your office or facility, if necessary. In the wake of the storm, for cleanup, ensure that you are using safe, proper cleaning products/services, that all appropriate safety equipment is used, and rent equipment or hire contractors if the job is too large or complicated for a small team.
  • Ensure print/digital resources are accessible: Find up-to-date, reliable information from community public health officials, emergency management and/or other sources, and make them accessible for staff/public viewing. Ensure your organization has access to inventory lists, including computer hardware and software.

Natural disasters cannot be averted. But as a business owner, you can take steps to minimize disruption and reduce loss so that, once the storm clears, you can return to normal operations as soon as possible. An effective disaster preparedness plan will ensure that you and your employees are safe in any unforeseen circumstance. For more emergency preparedness strategies and resources, view our complete guide.

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Climate Change Plans and the Impact on Global Trade

Changes in our planet’s climate are the most significant threat to almost any business. Climate change directly affects companies’ costs, as eco norms require many firms to look for environmentally friendly materials and processes.

The resilience of companies to new climate changes depends on a risk management process, a ready-made business plan, and a laid-out governance structure. Alas, many companies don’t have access to relevant climate information, so they don’t plan for or mitigate physical risk.

Facilities, supply chains, working networks, customers, and markets are the first targets that suffer from physical climate risk. For example, supply chains “break down” when natural disasters are affected by a rapidly changing climate.

How does climate affect production?

Climate change significantly increases the price of any production, reducing the speed with which supplies can be delivered. The quality of the goods and services produced also suffers.

Also, production and deliveries are entirely “broken” in timing due to minor delays in components and goods. Companies need to best manage the uncertainty associated with possible significant disruptions occurring in supply chains.

Assessing supply chain risks

Many companies are accustomed to assessing their supply chains from factors related to policy, regulatory, market, and technological nuances. Any unforeseen change in any of these areas puts the supply chain at significant risk, threatening companies’ ability to operate.

Weather is similarly considered in short- and medium-term supply chains. This data helps companies search for other suppliers and enter new financial markets. Proactive forecasting activities allow for short-term changes in supply chain decisions. Alas, this activity is considered inefficient, ad hoc, and short-sighted.

Annual adjustments with supply chain investments that lack long-term understandings of weather and climate trends will become highly problematic. This approach should be bypassed these days. Companies better start understanding the medium- and long-term physical risks in the climate environment.

Instead of planning a year, companies would do well to look a couple of years ahead and invest in those sources at the least risk from the climate.

Decarbonizing Supply Chains

While supply chain decarbonization processes are complex, many firms can capitalize on multiple climate issues by implementing such methods.

Companies in sectors that are most user-driven have higher per-chain emissions than direct emissions. By encouraging suppliers to create zero-emission supply chains, companies can increase their climate footprint to ensure that emissions in the sectors where the situation is most problematic are reduced to accelerate steps to combat climate change.

It’s no secret to world leaders that decarbonizing supply chains look very difficult in practice. Even the leading companies have difficulty with the necessary data and setting goals and standards that their suppliers adhere to.

Involving the entire (fragmented) supplier landscape can be an almost impossible task. The situation looks complicated if the emissions are at the beginning of the chain and collective action is needed to eliminate them.

More than half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food, construction, clothing, consumer goods, electronics, automotive, trucking, and more. Indirectly, the share is often controlled by a few companies. End-consumer spending will not be able to increase spending in supply chains with zero.

Remarkably, about 40% of each of these supply chain emissions can be reduced by taking advantage of cyclicality, efficiency, and renewable energy sources that will have minimal impact on the price of all products. With zero emissions in the supply chain at the end-user, costs would increase to a maximum of 4%.

Supply chain decarbonization problems are solvable with many steps for each company:

-Create a comprehensive baseline emissions plan that will be gradually filled with actual supplier information;

-Setting ambitious with comprehensive emission reduction goals;

-A complete review of product design options;

-Revision of geographic supply strategy;

-Setting ambitious purchasing standards;

-Working together with suppliers to co-finance emission reduction levers;

-Working together with peers to agree on sectoral goals that increase impact with leveling the playing field;

-Leveraging economies of scale by increasing demand to lower the price of green solutions;

-Developing internal governance mechanisms where emission reduction will be a guiding mechanism.

Preparing supply chains for climate change

Supply chain management needs to be directed toward preparing for the unknown to ensure greater competitiveness and relevance in an ever-changing industrial landscape.

Many companies are now implementing solutions that address the industry’s role in mitigating supply chain risks due to climate change.

There are ways to protect supply chains from physical climate risk. Since most of the population lives near the coast, there is a risk that sea levels will rise, there will be more storms, flooding, and hurricanes, which only exacerbates the growing dangers.

Buying/building a property in a coastal area that lacks coastal flood risk mitigation infrastructure will not be the best idea to implement.

The electric commerce industry uses more materials in packaging that are suitable for recycling or biodegradability – an encouraging sign that consumers are concerned about climate change.

As the dialogue on climate change occurs among consumers and businesses, it is becoming increasingly clear that addressing climate change is already necessary.

Smart contracts and Global Trade: future effect on climate change plans

In recent times, bitcoin and the rest of the blockchain network have triggered the sustainable development of many industries in Global Trade. Smart contracts that run on blockchain will provide the world with just the right new ways to combat climate change and its effects.

However, many companies have missed the potential of smart contracts that are fully trackable, transparent, and irreversible in self-executing contracts that only work on blockchain to combat climate change.

It is no secret that blockchain companies are in no way affected by what happens in the environment. For example, day trading altcoins consistently break records among enticed traders. Smart contracts can help create globally accessible and automated reward systems that directly reward companies for engaging in sustainable practices (regenerative agriculture, carbon offsets, and so on).

The fight against climate change needs a more considerable change in habitual global consumption, and smart contracts could be just the right tool to encourage participation in areas of global “green” direction.



California is (Still) Burning

This week, firefighters in California were on high alert as yet another Red Flag Warning from high winds put much of the state in fire danger. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling 22 active wildfires in the Golden State.

The typical fire season in California runs from May to October, but nothing about 2020 has been “normal,” even when it comes to wildfire. This fire season has been the worst ever recorded. More than four million acres have burned so far, doubling the previous record of 1.8 million set in 2018.

Northern California’s August Complex fire earned particular infamy when it reached “gigafire” status – becoming California’s first-ever fire to reach one million acres. (Yet, it was only the second gigafire of the year – Australia recorded the first).

Imported Firefighters

Wildfire is a growing threat in the United States, where an average of 6.9 million acres has burned each year since 2000 (a figure more than double that of the 1990s). But it is a global challenge, too. The World Health Organization estimates that wildfires and volcanic eruptions affected 6.2 million people between 1998 and 2017. The frequency and intensity of wildfire in the grasslands and forests of Australia and the Amazon has become an especially high profile concern.

At the peak of this year’s fire season, California deployed more than 19,000 firefighters at one time, when a lightning storm ignited simultaneous fires across the state. Firefighters also traveled to California from 10 other U.S. states to assist with the blazes.

To help fight fires here at home, the U.S. has international agreements in place with Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to obtain firefighters and aircraft from each other during periods of high wildfire activity. The U.S. Forest Service and other government agencies collaborate to improve the host country’s fire management capacity.

Australia and New Zealand have sent firefighters to the U.S. six times since 2000, most recently in 2018. At the height of this year’s fire season, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for help from Australia and Canada – but the request was ultimately withdrawn after conditions improved. However, a team of 10 Israeli firefighters still arrived in September to help fight the blazes – marking the first time Israel has sent wildfire assistance to California.

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Global Gear

Firefighting services are not the only wildfire-related “imports”. Wildland firefighters require rugged, specialized gear. That iconic yellow firefighting suit is made of Nomex, a flame-resistant meta-aramid material that was developed by DuPont in the 1960s. The largest DuPont manufacturing facility in the world is located in Richmond, Virginia, where Nomex is made. The chemical maker has also expanded its production of the flame-resistant fiber in Spain and Japan.

The rugged Stihl MS461 is a favorite chainsaw among firefighters. The German company built the first two-person electric chainsaw back in 1926 and it has since become ubiquitous. Stihl’s USA production is centered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and sold through a network of 9,000 dealers and exported to 80 countries.

That bright red fire retardant dropped out of planes to create a fire break is called Phos-Chek, produced by Perimeter Solutions. The name comes from its active ingredient, ammonium phosphate, which creates a coating on plants that deprives the fire of fuel. While Perimeter Solutions’ global headquarters is in St. Louis, Phos-Chek is manufactured in seven other U.S. locations (most California flame retardant is made in Rancho Cucamunga, for example), as well as France, Spain, and Australia.


COVID Brings New Challenges in 2020

The pandemic changed the way that California prepared for fire season and has made fighting fires more complicated. Shutdowns meant that volunteers who usually help clear the undergrowth that fuels fires each spring stayed home.

Wildfire smoke can make people more prone to lung infections, including COVID-19. Although N-95 masks can provide protection from wildfire smoke, PPE has been in short supply given the strain that the pandemic has put on the global medical supply chain.

The number of firefighters has been reduced as some have become infected by the coronavirus, forcing mandatory quarantines. Questions remain about the best way to house firefighters, who usually stay in crowded base camps while out in the field. California also relies on prison inmates to help fight fires each year, but that roster was cut in half in 2020 after COVID-19 spread through prisons.

Fewer firefighters juggling more fires simultaneously means that 2020 will likely be one of the most expensive wildfire seasons in history. Some are comparing it to the “Big Blowup of 1910,” when a series of fires burned millions of acres across Idaho, Montana and Washington.

Short and Long Term Costs

Like any natural disaster, wildfires can result in major supply chain disruptions – and in some ways they are more difficult to prepare for than other destructive events like hurricanes. As we have seen this year in California, wildfires can last for weeks or months and often are started with little warning, whether from lightning strike or arson.

While wildfires are most feared for the tragic – and expensive – destruction they leave immediately in their wake, the economic impacts are far-reaching and long-lasting. For example, the 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California destroyed the entire town of Paradise, causing $8.5 billion in initial damages. It was the costliest natural disaster in the world up to that point and led to the bankruptcy of a major utility provider that was held responsible for starting the fire. But the impact of the blaze was ultimately felt far beyond Butte County.

Wildfire often impacts commerce, when deliveries far from the flames are delayed due to smoke, wind, and road closures. For example, back in September 2018, an Amazon warehouse in Sacramento was forced to temporarily shut down because of the health hazard caused by smoke from the Camp Fire, which was 80 miles away. Flights were also delayed out of San Francisco International airport at that time.

Companies are now factoring in peak fire season when considering shipments to and from the west coast, seeking to diversify their sourcing and storage capabilities.

Importing New Ideas

Wildfire has long been a fact of life in the west, but the growing cost and threat to communities where hundreds of thousands of Californians call home – not to mention the other destructive fires impacting other western U.S. states this year – has led to a renewed push for solutions.

The Bay Area recorded 30 consecutive “Spare the Air” days this summer due to unhealthy air quality from the August Complex fire. Meanwhile, California’s famous wine industry faces an uncertain future due to huge fires that swept through Napa Valley.

Countries around the world face a similar threat to their citizens and economies. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations created Fire Management Voluntary Guidelines to help countries develop an integrated approach to fire management. But is greater international collaboration possible? Can we borrow ideas from the way other fire-prone places like Australia – or even countries with *too few* fires like Finland – navigate their fire seasons?

Ultimately, all fires are local. But perhaps more lessons can still be learned from the global effort to fight wildfire.


Sarah Hubbart

Sarah Hubbart provides communications strategy, content creation, and social media management for TradeVistas. A native of rural Northern California, Sarah has melded communications and policy throughout her career in Washington, D.C., serving in government affairs, issues management, and coalition building roles in the agricultural sector. She is an alum of California State University, Chico and George Washington University.


10 Steps Businesses Can Take to Manage the Risk of Wildfires

As prolonged drought, heat, other climate factors, and population growth trends intensify wildfire risks in the Western U.S., parts of Australia, Europe, South America, Africa and several other industrialized areas of the world, many governments have expanded their precautions to reduce the likelihood or severity of these devastating events, including massive temporary electrical power shutdowns and large-scale evacuations of at-risk residential populations.

The combination of actual wildfires and government preventative measures have made it critical for businesses with operations, suppliers and customers in vulnerable areas to develop comprehensive plans to prepare for and manage power outages and operational shutdowns that can be implemented safely and quickly – especially during seasonal periods when wildfire risks are most severe.

From developing, adjusting and testing a business continuity plan to preparing for and evaluating the impact of potential wildfires, related government-mandated power outages, evacuations and highway closures, business leaders and managers need to assess their potential vulnerabilities to wildfire risk and develop and implement appropriate measures to mitigate them.

Accordingly, here are 10 steps for managing exposures related to wildfires. Note that many of these measures apply to areas where scheduled power outages may occur, but facilities may continue to be occupied and can be operational using alternative or back-up power sources.   

1. Review and update your company’s emergency plan. This includes developing any contingencies that might need to be added to account for the evacuation or residential areas where employees with emergency responsibilities may be located. Ensure that personnel with assigned responsibilities will be able to get to the facility in the event of a power outage. Plan for the possibility that some employees with emergency duties may reside in areas being evacuated and won’t be available for work. If possible, choose back-ups who reside in different areas. Double-check that your communication plan is established and that you have up-to-date call trees so employees can be contacted on a timely basis when emergency situations arise.

2. Assess power-down procedures. Make sure they are up to date with respect to any new equipment or recent facility expansions or modifications. At the same time, be sure your managers understand the steps for restoring your plant or facility to full operation once power is restored.

3. Check emergency power resources. Start by testing and securing any generators available. In addition, make sure your company has adequate fuel to withstand multiple power outages within certain time periods.

4. Evaluate lighting and equipment. Ensure emergency lighting is operational and that computer systems are backed up and current. During periods of high wildfire threats, such as during extended drought conditions, employees with laptops should be instructed to back-up data on a daily basis and make sure they are fully up to date in the event they need to work off-site for extended periods. In the event of an outage, make sure desktop computers, mainframes, servers, and other critical electrical equipment is switched off, so it will not be adversely impacted when the power is restored. If the facility is to be vacated and time permits, consider removing valuable equipment.

5. Check perishable products and vulnerable inventory. Consider offsite warehousing for any products that may be affected by the loss of temperature or humidity controls. Alternatively, consider using reefer trucks and/or dry ice for maintaining appropriate temperature control to protect inventory and equipment during an outage.

6. Revisit facility security measures. Make sure all doors and windows are secure and consider restricting access to the entire property through the use of perimeter fencing. Keep in mind standard security alarm and access control systems may not be functioning in the event of power outages.

7. Request assistance from law enforcement. Notify local police authorities to request additional patrols and increase internal security rounds (as installed CCTV systems may be inoperable during any power outages that result from mandated, preventive shutdowns or those arising from the spread of wildfires).

8. Establish planned fire watches. Whether for preventive purposes or as a result of damage related to wildfires, any electrical power outage may result in impaired fire protection systems. As practical, businesses should designate a safety team member to conduct an ongoing fire watch during any area of power outages to spot signs of potential exposures as well as other system impairments. In areas where wildfires may be expanding, personnel should also continually monitor the news media for civil instructions regarding potential evacuations.

9. Consider options for reporting fires. Designate a safety, maintenance, security or operations team member to contact the local fire department in the event of a fire as a fire alarm system, transmission and notification may be interrupted during any electrical power outage.

10. Check premises for fire hazards. Trim foliage on property and evaluate risks of any combustibles on premises, including any being stored away from the building; if appropriate, consider relocating to indoors or other locations to minimize potential fire hazards. Eliminate any hot work or hazardous operations.

During the past several months, wildfires in various areas of the world have resulted in the loss of life, devastation of wildlife, caused several billions of dollars in damage and had a significant impact on business and industry. By taking steps to prepare for these exposures, businesses can help reduce their risks and speed their recoveries from these perils.


Jeff Borre, a director in Aon’s Property Risk Control Practice, manages the firm’s Field Services group, which provides a wide range of consulting services, including property risk control site surveys, to meet the property risk management needs of commercial and public sector clients. He joined Aon in 2001, after serving with Ahern Fire Protection and Nexus Technical Services Corporation where his responsibilities included designing fire protection systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. A Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, he is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, American Society of Safety Professionals, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He can be reached at


Christian Ford, a managing director of Aon, serves as chief operating officer – Property Claims Advocacy within Aon’s Global Risk Consulting group. In addition to various leadership responsibilities for the group, he works directly with numerous clients on complex property claims advocacy and resolution. Earlier in his career, Ford served as a multi-line claims adjuster at two large commercial insurance companies. He earned a B.S. degree in business administration from John Carroll University and also holds the Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA) designation. He can be reached at