Petrochem industry uses Katrina lessons to improve preparedness

08/29/2010 | ICIS News (U.K.)

The damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita when they struck the center of the U.S. petrochemical industry in 2005 prompted the sector to re-evaluate its practices and disaster-preparation mechanisms. The Louisiana Chemical Association has been part of the Business Emergency Operations Center, which was established as a hub for emergency planning and response for the state's industries. Chemical companies, this article notes, have overhauled contingency plans and re-examined logistics to minimize downtime caused by hurricanes.

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