The business continuity lessons of Buncefield

Published 15 February 2006

2005 was a tough year for specialists in disasters, emergencies, security, or business continuity — and those who need their services. The year started with the Asian tsunami, followed hurricanes in the United States and Central America, earthquakes in Pakistan, and examples of global terrorism such as the 7 July London bombings. These and other events drove home the point that with all the technological sophistication now in our possession, we were effectively powerless to prevent acts of God and not much better against the acts of evil men. Lyndon Bird argues that Buncefield holds more business continuity lessons that many of the other disasters we faced in 2005.

Why would the fire at an oil depot in Hertfordshire be so significant for business continuity? See Bird’s discussion