WSJ March 11, 2011
HIROYUKI KACHI And JOANNE CHIU
“Japanese airlines cancelled hundreds of flights, grounding thousands of passengers, while other airlines diverted or suspended flights bound for Tokyo Friday after the massive earthquake struck northeast Japan.
The quake is Japan’s worst ever, the death toll unknown, followed by a devasting tsunami that is affecting all the coastal areas. and disrupting communications and power supply in th hardest hit areas.
All of Tokyo’s major airports stopped flights from leaving or entering. All area trains where at a stop as well.
“Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. said 131 domestic and international flights were cancelled, grounding 32,700 passengers. Including flights which changed destinations, the earthquake affected 162 flights and 37,800 passengers, ANA said”
This alone is a huge employee engagement anytime their is natural diseaster that cuts off levels of communication it makes it that much harder to get to your employees and make sure that everyone knows exactly what they are suppose to do and say. Every company has a disaster communications plan, but what happens when everything fails what is your back up plan after that. How do you communicate with your employees if all levels of communication have been interupted.