The Disaster Resource GUIDE has roots in the lessons learned after the devastating Mexico City earthquake (1985) which highlighted the need for preparedness and preplanning. The recurring message in the mainstream media: “Human suffering could have been enormously reduced if 72-hour preparedness had been a pre-earthquake priority.”
Disaster Resource GUIDE is published by Emergency Lifeline Corporation. ELC was founded in 1985 by Kathy Gannon Rainey with the purpose of helping businesses, schools, families and individuals prepare for 72-hour self-sufficiency. In addition to selling preparedness kits and supplies, Emergency Lifeline published educational resources for hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness. These simple educational publications spotlighted several companies with diverse products for a developing marketplace.
In the early 1990s, an industry began to emerge.
There were small steps of collaboration between the disciplines of business recovery (now aka business continuity) and emergency management. Major corporations realized that business recovery and resumption was linked to the well-being of its employees and the survivability of its infrastructure. This movement was the catalyst for the Disaster Resource GUIDE which was launched in 1996.
The Disaster Resource GUIDE was always about helping companies, institutions, communities, and families preserve and protect those things that are most important– people…property…jobs…business assets…community.
For 20+ years we have consolidated and communicated thousands of resources through four media vehicles:
- Annual Disaster Resource GUIDE
- Special Edition Mini-GUIDEs
- Wednesday Continuity eGUIDE
- 24/7 Online GUIDE
Our job has been made easier by a growing corporate and government commitment to “work together” to ensure continuity of our corporations and communities. TODAY WE SEE… Information Technology, Facilities, Human Resources, Risk Management, Safety and other departments working together to create enterprise-wide programs for the continuity of the organization. An increase in the number of grassroots contingency and emergency planning groups who are eager to “share the wealth” of their knowledge, training and experience. The formation of public and private partnerships—relationships forged because of a shared belief that, by “working together”, communities can lessen the impact of disasters
The GUIDE works together with three important groups – an experienced and knowledgeable Advisory Board and Editorial Board, a grassroots alliance of organizations, and participation of more than 300 companies with essential products and services. We the GUIDE and now the HUB into 6 distinct sections with the hope that it will be more “user friendly”.
You will see resources for:
- Enterprise Resilience
- Human Concerns
- IT Availability & Security
- Communications & Network
- Physical Infrastructure
- Incident & Crisis Response
Tell us what you think – what works and what doesn’t. It all matters. And by all means, if you have something to add…let us know! The HUB is a work in progress. With your help, the best is yet to come!
Kathy Gannon Rainey
P.O. Box 15243
Santa Ana, CA 92735
Tel: (714) 558-8940
Fax: (714) 558-8901
E-mail: [email protected]