Preparation is the key!

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), business to-do list

Speak to your insurance agent about coverage including coverage when alarm systems are down due to PSPS and product spoilage from PSPS.

Understand how PSPS will impact your workforce availability, particularly for employees with school-age children as schools may be closed.

Preparation for 5 to 7 days of no electricity  (see list to the left for at-home planning tips)

If your business relies on electrical power, contact a licensed electrician to discuss options.  

For more business preparedness tips, listen to the video below... and as always, Resolute Associates are available to help you with your business continuity planning!

Emergency Planning for business

Recently Resolute Associates facilitated dialogue regarding "Emergency Readiness for Businesses" at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce's Insight Studio workshop. This video captures many of the best practices and exercises provided in the original presentation.

Articles and Presentations

Rolling Blackouts Could Protect You from Wildfires, But Are They Worth the Risk?

Railroads Can Teach Utilities How to Stop Causing Fires

Homeland Security Today -  November 15, 2019 , Robert Lewin

The wildfire menace of a century ago is forgotten by most. Even compared to the current wildfire situation, the scale of loss then was enormous. Deadly and destructive fires were regularly killing hundreds, even thousands, of people and destroying whole towns and forests. Part of the solution then was eliminating railroads as a major cause of wildfires. We are now faced by similar problem: How do we eliminate powerlines as a major cause of disastrous fires? 

Rolling Blackouts Could Protect You from Wildfires, But Are They Worth the Risk?

Homeland Security Today - July 5, 2019, Robert Lewin

The devastation of climate-change induced wildfires is real and will continue to get worse as we see new fires eclipse previous fires in size, destruction and deaths. Shutting off the power will prevent some of these fires, but are the impacts acceptable? 

Time for a New Blue Ribbon Fire Commission to Act on Escalating Wildland Crisis

Homeland Security Today - May 4, 2019, Robert Lewin

We only have so much time following a disaster to identify lessons learned and determine how we can improve our response to the next similar crisis. History has example after example of a paradigm shift following a crisis or disaster. People and organizations are motivated, funds are found, and resources are redirected. With the record-breaking, climate-change-induced deadly wildland fires over the past two years, we are now in one of those crisis moments when we are again offered the opportunity to comprehensively focus our efforts on reducing loss of life during a disaster. Indeed, it is our responsibility to do so. 

Guiding Force in Santa Barbara County Disaster Preparedness and Relief Set To Retire

KCLU Radio -  March 26. 2019, Lance Orozco

"Rob Lewin is looking forward to being able to get some real rest for the first time in four years. That was when he became Director of Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management. In four years, he faced six major fires, the Alamo, Ray, Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas, and Holiday brush fires. On top of that, there was the deadly 1/9 debris flow in Montecito. Lewin is planning to retire this spring."   

Wildfire Evacuation: Interagency Cooperation, Planning Are Critical

Homeland Security Today - August 18, 2016, Robert Lewin 

Emergency managers are looking at a new paradigm where multiple evacuations involving scores of people are prevalent. Many of the evacuees are elderly or have special needs. Despite challenging budgets,emergency managers must prepare their jurisdictions for the inevitable. 

In the Shadow of Fukushima: Facing the Fires of a Meltdown

Homeland Security Today - June 2012, Robert Lewin

Japan’s earthquake and tsunami forced a re-evaluation of nuclear power plant protection. Now, a veteran firefighter examines the state of American preparedness and looks at what needs to be done next.