Understanding the Vulnerability of Organisations
Introduction: The 1855 Wairarapa Earthquake was a significant event in the lives of the people affected. For many of them, it would have had a 360 degree impact; concern for the safety of family and friends; damage to homes and possessions; and disruption to shops and businesses affecting both livelihoods, and access to essential goods and services. It is the impact of major events, such as the 1855 Earthquake, on businesses that is the focus of this paper. Businesses, or more generically organisations, play key roles within our society. They have the responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our infrastructure, creating our economy, and providing employment and essential goods and services for our communities. The ability of key organisations to continue to function in the face of sudden crises, such as that presented by earthquakes, will have a large influence on the length of time that essential services are unavailable, and on the suffering and duration of recovery for the community as a whole.