Business Continuity Incidents: Premises Availability

Your normal place of work can be made unavailable for many reasons.  It may be physical damage caused by fire, water damage, extreme weather conditions or vandalism. Alternatively your premises may be intact but access to them is denied because they are considered unsafe or dangerous (because of an outbreak of a viral infection (such as legionella or Covid-19), civil disturbances can prevent safe entry and exit.  

In most cases the outcome is the same - your normal place of business is unavailable and preparations for using an an alternative location for critical business activities need to be built into your business continuity plans

Commercial premises can be impacted by a number of threats. For further information on the risk management aspects of Facilities Management we recommend a visit to FMHS Consulting

Hurricane destroys college building

Hurricane Laura destroys a college building putting educational services at risk

Hurricane Laura causes widespread power failures and property damage

Hurricane Laura disrupted power to roughly 700,000 customers across Texas and Louisiana. Power companies and IT service providers are under pressure in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area — which avoided significant water damage suffered “massive” wind damage.

Anti-police demonstrations cause widespread property damage following police shooting during arrest

Several businesses have beens burned to the ground, including small businesses and a Wisconsin probation and parole office. Every car in a dealership lot was left charred. Many other buildings had smashed windows and vandalized exteriors.


Storms cause power outages and building damage in Iowa

Here are the latest updates on storm cleanup, power outages and more in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas for Wednesday, Aug. 12. Gazette staff will continue to update this article as information is available throughout the day.


Tropical storm hits New York City

Tropical storm Isaias wreaked havoc on New York City, closing beaches, flooding streets, causing trees to collapse and manhole transformers to blow in various boroughs as his heavy wind whipped and rain fell upon the five boroughs.


School building suffers significant fire damage

Suspected arson may be the cause of $500,000 worth of damage to an elementary school building.  An estimated $300,000 of damage was caused to the building with an additional $200,000 in damage caused to books and other materials in the building, officials said. No injuries were reported

Building collapses in Brooklyn

A building collapse in Brooklyn causes prevents access  to surrounding business premises

Multiple storms in New England flood buildings and create power outages

Several consecutive thunderstorms create widespread impacts on hospitals, commercial premises and residential property. Flash floods cause proerty damage and power failures:

Severe storms cause damage, power outages, flash flooding across Illinois, northwest Indiana

Major storms create widespread damage, power outage and transport disruption across several US states:

#BLM Protests result in Building Damage and Looting

Following the death of George Floyd during his arrest there were many violent protests in the USA and other countries. Here are a few media reports with more detail of the impacts:

Storms strike eastern Iowa, damage buildings

The National Weather Service had a few reports of damage. About a mile west of Delta, a weather spotter reported "large buildings damaged, power lines down

Storms can bring multiple failures relating to building damage & power supply:

Forklift causes damage inside Huber Heights building; engineers deem structure unsafe
A building that holds multiple Huber Heights businesses will remain closed after a main beam inside the building was damaged by a forklift Friday morning, according to investigators.

Peterborough fire: Trailers in blaze at Whirlpool HQ

Explosions were heard as fire engulfed 52 lorry trailers at the headquarters of domestic appliance giant Whirlpool. Black smoke could be seen for miles around the Shrewsbury Avenue site in Peterborough

Fire destroys Virginia Tech research building

The blaze raged for about an hour after it was first reported to fire officials just before 9 p.m., .Virginia Tech officials estimate there was between $800,000 and $1.3 million in damage caused.


Large Water Leak Forces Evacuation Of Tulsa Warren Clinic Building

A major water line break forced evacuations and caused damage to a Warren Clinic medical building near Saint Francis Monday.


Hamburg airport evacuated after toxin affects 50 passengers

Hundreds of passengers were temporarily evacuated, more than 50 people were injured and air traffic was halted for more than an hour on Sunday afternoon after an irritant gas was circulated around Hamburg airport via its air-conditioning system:

Thousands evacuated from Greek town while Second World War bomb defused

A 500lbs Second World War bomb which sparked the evacuation of 75,000 people from a town in Greece has been successfully defused by army experts.

The bomb was found under a petrol station in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.

Tornado rips apart homes and businesses in south-eastern Louisiana

Seven New Orleans parishes and the Baton Rouge area were hit by tornadoes in an afternoon of tumultuous weather across south-eastern Louisiana Tuesday


Homes and business hit by burst water main

Dozens evacuated after burst water main leaves Islington flooded About 100 people forced out of their homes and Upper Street area of north London borough...

Homes and businesses destroyed in two days of heavy rain

Home owners and businesses across the country have been counting the cost of flood damage, after days of heavy rain. It has caused travel chaos in many areas with roads blocked and train services cancelled.

Shopping Centre Evacuated

Portsmouth Shopping Centre Evacuated; Gunwharf Quays has been evacuated this morning following the discovery of a WWII German bomb. A spokesperson for the shopping centre has.

Chemical leak forces evacuation of university building

The Civil Engineering building at the University of Leeds has been evacuated this afternoon following reports of a chemical leak. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

German manufacturer hit by major fire

A major fire has hit German manufacturer BASF, at it's Ludwigshafen facility. The BASF plant is the world's biggest chemical complex. The fire has...

Damage to Court Building forces relocation of 50 staff

Rainwater has seeped into the building that houses the Kansas Supreme Court, causing extensive damage and forcing some employees to temporarily relocate.

The Kansas Judicial Center’s leaking roof, which was in the process of being fixed, was inundated by heavy rains on Sept. 13 according to the Topeka Capital-Journal

Victoria Shopping Centre in Nottingham evacuated following a report of a suspicious package.

Nottinghamshire Police said the shopping centre was closed at about 5.15pm.Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene but the cordons that were in place around the centre have now been lifted following an investigation into the suspicious package,


Tokyo paralysed by power failure

 A huge power blackout has plunged the whole of central Tokyo into darkness today (October 12th) and brought some services to a standstill.

Hurricane Matthew hits Melbourne

Winds of more than 93km/h hit the city on Sunday, with about 600 people hit by the blackouts.

South Australia without power following major storm

Reports are emerging of a widespread power failure that has impacted the whole of Southern Australia, including Adelaide. From AAP:   An incident involving infrastructure near Port Augusta..

Power failure hits Rolls-Royce facility

Engineers are on site at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall investigating the cause of an explosion on Wednesday morning. A cordon was put in place by...

Milk processing plant hit by equipment failure

Fonterra are aiming to have most of the Edendale plant up and running by Saturday morning after a milk silo collapsed, a spokesman has said. Emergency services were...


Council IT team continue to work on repairing damage by power failure meltdown

“Staff have been working round the clock to resolve issues and get as many services back up and running as soon as possible since...

Communications company offices hit by fire

DAMAGE WILL COST MILLIONS Tait Communications chief executive Garry Diack said on Friday night that half of the building, including the leased office space, was completely "burnt out". He...


Flash flooding hits UK transport and towns

Flash flooding has hit the South due to heavy storms...


Data centre fire test knocks out banking services

A fire extinguishing test at a Bucharest data centre belonging to the Romanian arm of ING saw the bank's customers unable to make card...  


Water Contamination

The Havelock North water contamination crisis is a painful reminder of how much worse the impact of infectious outbreaks can be when proper planning...

Business Continuity Incident: UPS failure hits 2nd insurance service provider

A document leaked to Insurance Age reveals that Acturis suffered a major power failure in June due to a National Grid lightning strike. Titled: Acturis…

Business Continuity Incident: Norway orders Eni to identify cause of power outage at Goliat field

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has ordered Italian oil firm Eni Norge to keep output halted from Goliat field in the Barents Sea until...


Cloud Providers Business Continuity Capabilities “under fire”

SSP Worldwide has come under fire from disgruntled brokers, with many still struggling to access the insurance software house's cloud platform nearly two weeks...

Dartford tunnel closes following major power failure

2240 hrs Tunnels have re-opened 2220 hrs M25 Kent - M25 Dartford Tunnels closed and severe delays anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J31, A1306 (West...


Fire destroys Virginia Tech research building

The blaze raged for about an hour after it was first reported to fire officials just before 9 p.m., .Virginia Tech officials estimate there was between $800,000 and $1.3 million in damage caused.


Large Water Leak Forces Evacuation Of Tulsa Warren Clinic Building

A major water line break forced evacuations and caused damage to a Warren Clinic medical building near Saint Francis Monday.

Fire in Exeter destroys Richer Sounds electrical shop

A devastating fire in Exeter destroyed Richer Sounds electrical shop and severely damaged flats above. Fire services investigations identified the cause as electrical fault

The fire  started in the basement of the electrical shop at 2pm on Wednesday, July 27 and  left the flats above and to the side of the shop severely damaged.

A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire Service said: “Because there were safety concerns about the structure of the building, a detailed examination wasn’t possible.

“The most likely cause of the fire is an electrical fault, but the appliance that caused it is unknown as the damage to the building was too severe.”

It took three weeks for the shop to re-open during which time it’s business premises were, of course, unavailable, preventing the business from trading normally.

Delta Airlines major systems crash

A power cut at Delta’s head office in Atlanta has crippled its IT systems. Reports of over 300 cancelled flights.

A basic business continuity planning scenario which can be mitigated by uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and IT systems failover.

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Business Continuity Incident: protest closes Ukraine TV station

A Ukrainian television station has been forced to broadcast from a mobile facility after its building caught fire during a protest. Local news reported that..


Business Continuity Incident: Port of Calais blockaded by protestors

Demonstrators blocked access to the both Channel Tunnel and the Calais ferry terminal on yesterday. The protestors, angry at the French government's failure to...