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Integrating earthquake early warnings into business continuity and organisational resilience: lessons learned from Mexico City

Pescaroli, Gianluca; Velazquez, Omar; Alcántara‐Ayala, Irasema; Galasso, Carmine; (2022) Integrating earthquake early warnings into business continuity and organisational resilience: lessons learned from Mexico City. Disasters 10.1111/disa.12551. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Earthquake early warning (EEW) is becoming a popular tool for mitigating earthquake-induced losses. However, the current literature separates the EEW's technical components and their operational and behavioural implications. This paper investigates how EEW can be integrated into business continuity practices, organisational resilience, and disaster risk reduction. We use a mixed-method approach to analyse EEW perceptions in the case study of Mexico City (Mexico), a city characterised by high seismic hazard, and social and physical exposure/vulnerability. Our dataset includes evidence from 15 semi-structured interviews with representatives of the public and private sectors (e.g., governments, enterprises) and 78 valid questionnaires compiled by local organisations, including civil protection, education institutions, and enterprises. Our results reveal inconsistencies between technical EEW methodologies and their integration in three core domains of organisational practices: accountability, governance, and jurisdiction; standardisation of plans and procedures; training and education. Finally, we highlight open challenges for future research.

Type: Article
Title: Integrating earthquake early warnings into business continuity and organisational resilience: lessons learned from Mexico City
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12551
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12551
Language: English
Additional information: This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Keywords: Earthquake, early warning, organisational resilience, business continuity, risk perception, mixed methods
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151180
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