The old “once-in-a-lifetime” disaster seems almost common place nowadays. Recently that catastrophic image filled the news yet again. A very large forest fire broke out in the Smoky Mountain National Park and spilled over to the town of Gatlinburg, Tenn. The fire was something no one expected. High winds and a dry season created conditions for disaster. Eighty-seven-mile-an-hour winds pushed the fire across 17,000 acres of woodland. The fire destroyed more than 1,700 homes and businesses. The casualty numbers from the fire were 14 people and 176 injured. Damage estimates came in around $5.7 million. Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam said, “It was the largest fire in the last 100 years for Tennessee.” Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said, “This is a fire for the history books; It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” How are organizations to prepare for these 100-year events like the Gatlinburg fire? These things seem to be common place anymore.
Friday, 17 February 2017 20:33