Advice for the 2022 Wildfire Season from International SOS – Yahoo Finance | Vette Leader

Important tips for business continuity

London, August 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The wildfire season has begun in many countries. With rising temperatures and below-average rainfall, there is an increasing risk of extreme fires, which are now worsening and becoming more common around the world, including in the US, Europe and the UK. As we find ourselves in peak wildfire season, which lasts until October, International SOS is advising organizations on the preparations needed to best protect their employees and ensure business continues into the autumn.

“Wildfires pose a major threat to local businesses and business travelers,” said Tyler Hosford, International SOS Regional Security Manager. “It is important for companies to have a plan in place before an emergency occurs. A plan is key not only to business continuity, but also to the health and safety of employees, travelers and their families.”

According to the US EPA, wildfires have the potential to damage property, livelihoods, and human health. In the US, for example, 3.9 million acres burned before the start of the season from January 1 to June 30, 2022, almost 2.3 times the national average during those months1. The effects of climate change, human factors, firefighting, and winds are exacerbating wildfire hazards in the western, southwestern, and eastern regions of the United States, and the threat from wildfires will only increase as more people move in and around forests, grasslands, and other natural spaces.

“Because of the pandemic, businesses across the country have a better understanding of the value of being prepared and communicating during a crisis, and wildfires should be treated with the same vigilance,” said Dr. Myles Druckman, Global Medical Director of International SOS. “Organizations should be aware of key considerations at this time, which include air quality concerns, overwhelmed local and national emergency services, access to emergency shelters, the need for permanent alternatives, and financial constraints at all levels – all factors affecting ensuring the safety of the staff are of vital importance.”

International SOS has over 35 years of experience providing safety and health advice and support to organizations confronted with extreme natural events and is uniquely positioned to advise on additional challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. Managers with operations in risk areas should ensure they have comprehensive procedures in place to ensure business continuity, taking into account the potential need for workforce evacuation or relocation. Below are some best practice tips for preparing for wildfires:

  1. Before a forest fire, you should prepare your property. ​​Remove combustible materials and vegetation within a 30-foot radius of buildings. Garden furniture should be brought indoors or placed in swimming pools. Close all windows and doors and leave them unlocked. Take down all curtains and curtains; Consider fireproof window coverings. Turn off sprinklers and running water to maintain critical water pressure. Shut off gas and electricity supplies to minimize residual damage.

  2. Consider evacuation options. Identify potential alternative shelters in the event evacuation is required, such as B. the houses of friends or relatives in other cities, public shelters or hotels. Make sure you know how to reach your previously identified accommodation and be prepared to take alternative routes if main roads are disrupted. Prepare an emergency plan, including meeting places and communication plans, that accounts for potential power disruptions. Have an emergency supply kit ready. Plan multiple escape routes.

  3. Know who to contact. Make sure you save phone numbers for the police/emergency services, nearest assistance center and other local numbers that might be helpful in an emergency. Write down these details in case your phone runs out of power and won’t charge. In the event of a group separation, designate an out-of-area contact.

About the International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is dedicated to saving lives and protecting your global workforce from health and safety threats. Wherever you are, we deliver tailored health, safety risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we offer an immediate response that gives you peace of mind. Our innovative technology, medical and security expertise focuses on prevention, providing real-time, actionable insights and high-quality on-site delivery. We help protect your employees and your company’s reputation and support your compliance reporting obligations. By partnering with us, organizations can fulfill their duty of care while strengthening corporate resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Founded in 1985, with headquarters in London and Singapore, International SOS Group is trusted by more than 9,000 organizations, including the majority of the Fortune 500, as well as medium-sized businesses, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 13,000 multicultural medical, security and logistics experts are on hand to provide support and assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in over 1,000 locations in 90 countries.

To protect your workforce, we are at your disposal: www.internationalsos.com

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Media contact:

Alexis Harding, Head of Group PR and Communications, International SOS
M: +44 778 022 2292, E: alexis.harding@internationalsos.com

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