Just mentioning the word conjures up many thoughts and concerns. We often think of disasters as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Disasters are not only the major events that you read about in the paper, or see on television, they can also be any problems that cause a disruption to our daily business activity.

One of the most common and deadly statements that a business can make is, " It can't happen to us." Disasters strike the well-prepared as well as the ill-prepared business.

Every day hundreds of businesses throughout the world suffer from emergency situations ranging from very minor ( such as medical emergency which may have no impact of the economic well being of a business ) to major ( such as losses from fires or explosions.)

Here at Cubic each of us have the responsibility to provide a safe environment for our employees, preserve company facilities and equipment, and protect the community from the impact of an emergency caused by a disaster to our company.

There are two basic types of losses that occur to a business when it suffers an emergency. These losses can be classified as DIRECT and INDIRECT.


Direct losses are measured in terms of dollars that are directly lost as the result of an emergency. Direct losses are the most easily measured and include damage to property, equipment and inventory.


Indirect losses are those losses that are much harder to measure in terms of dollars, at least initially following an incident. Indirect costs cause many businesses to fail following an incident because they do not anticipate their impact. It is important to note that most indirect costs are not covered by insurance. Indirect costs frequently overlooked include:

  • Replacement costs not adjusted for inflation
  • Loss of employees
  • Increased insurance costs
  • Loss of customers
  • Fines and legal fees

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The following disasters listed are important to each member of management as they review their development of safety for their employees.

Understanding that no one can predict an incident but ensuring that employees know that you have communicated a concern, will heighten the communication level and reflect your concern that Cubic has a plan/program that provides for a safe working environment for them.

Employees responsible for safeguarding classified material or information should be prepared to lock such materials in a security container prior to evacuating an area if possible. An individual's personal safety must be the prime consideration. In the event personal safety would be jeopardized by securing classified material, the classified material shall be abandoned.

In addition, emergency and police personnel and their equipment, including devices carried by emergency medical personnel responding to a medical crisis shall be admitted to all areas of our facilities, without regard to their security clearance status. Emergency personnel will be escorted to the degree practical. However, under no conditions shall they be denied access to any areas.

Cubic expects you to be prepared to respond to protect life, property, and the environment, in addition to preserving stockholder value and the company image. In order to accomplish this effectively and efficiently, this portion of the Crisis Management Plan has been prepared to provide guidance in preparing your employees for any incident that could occur while working at any of our facilities.

Evacuations may be advisable in some emergencies or disasters and an Alarm will sound. In the majority of cases, an evacuation will not be necessary or advisable. Your Department Head or Supervisor shall keep you advised.The types of emergencies which could happen on our premises are:

  • Power Outage
  • Fire/Explosion
  • Earthquake/Severe Weather/Natural Events
  • Hazardous/Chemical Spills
  • Bomb Threats/Terrorism
  • Sabotage

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All businesses are subjected to the hazards of transportation incidents. Trucks making deliveries to the facility may bring hazardous materials onto your property that are to be delivered to another facility. There are many uncertainties that are brought onto our property by common carriers.

Other transportation incidents include employee auto accidents within the parking lot, along with external autos/trucks/vans causing accidents upon entering or maneuvering within company property.

Vanpools, autos/vans, emergency equipment ( police/fire/etc. ) all have access to company parking facilities that could cause accidents with people walking and/or with parked cars.

Every facility is exposed daily to the possibility of air, highway, or shipping accidents in or near its boundaries. Facilities, Safety, and/or Security, once notified of such an incident, will take the needed steps to ensure the control and safety of all employees. Should it be deemed necessary to call in emergency support, it will be called in by the leadership with assessment from Facilities, Safety and/or Security.

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All businesses are vulnerable to the effects of severe weather conditions. The types and severity of weather will be greatly influenced by the location of each Cubic facility.

Typical types of weather incidents that could be subjected to Cubic facilities would be handled by the Facilities, Safety and Security Departments. Should it be necessary for emergency equipment services to be called, it would be handled by the leadership of these departments to ensure safety for all employees.

The following link provides information on weather in the San Diego region.

National Weather Service San Diego (This web site will open in a new browser window)

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It is the policy of the company to provide its employees with a safe and healthful workplace. To that end, the company has implemented the " Injury and Illness Prevention Program ".

The company's standards for establishing a safe and healthful workplace for purposes of this program shall be prescribed by applicable federal, state and local law. Working together, we can succeed in having a safe, healthful, and productive workplace from which we all will benefit.

The "Injury and Illness Prevention Program" is highlighted in another section within this "Crisis Management Program" manual.

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The primary function of Cubic security is to ensure the safeguarding of national security information, the physical security of Cubic facilities, as well as protection of company assets.

The department has published a " Security Officer Instruction Manual " which establishes procedures to be followed by the uniformed Security Officers. The manual is supplemented periodically by specific written instructions covering unique situations which may arise periodically.

The " Security Officer Instruction Manual " contains specific instructions and procedures to be followed by the uniformed Security Officers assigned to each post. In addition to instructions regarding routine duties of the Security Officer, procedure to be followed in the event of emergencies such as fire, burglary or robbery, earthquakes, fires, demonstrations, and equipment problems are included in the manual.

A copy of the manual is maintained at each security post and, although not intended for general distribution throughout the company, a copy may be provided for review by contacting the Security Department.


Facilities has the primary function to ensure that all buildings are up to standards that would provide for protection of lives and property. Establishment of temporary facilities, if needed, would be one of the responsibilities to deal with in emergency activities and business recovery activities.


MIS will assess computer systems and network damage. Depending on the extent of damage, appropriate disaster recovery procedures will be activated and executed.

MIS will take appropriate action to protect system and network equipment during disaster situations and will immediately establish restoration processes.

MIS will maintain detailed backup and recovery procedures for all systems and networking equipment and software. These procedures will be activated and executed as required, depending on the severity of the damage.


It is critical that there be a central source of information. Conflicting or erroneous information can add to the escalating flow of events and result in loss of control of a situation. It is imperative that all information be prepared, approved and disseminated from one authorized source.

The Director of Corporate Communications (or her designee) will act as sole spokesperson for Cubic. Employees must refer all inquiries from news media to the Public Relations Department. The Public Relations Department will handle all responses to media inquiries and issue all statements on behalf of the company. The Public Relations Department will coordinate the preparation of external statements with the Legal Department and the CMT.

The Public Relations Department, in coordination with Legal and the CMT, will prepare and/or approve all statements regarding the crisis for any posting on the company intranet or company bulletin boards.


Legal will coordinate any and all legal assistance as needed/appropriate for local/state/and international agencies. Legal will serve as the liaison with law enforcement authorities and other legal agencies as needed. Legal will assist Public Relations with media information as needed.


Telecommunications will support all functional departments in the restoration of the telephone and communications systems. They will monitor battery-operated communications with Security and Facilities to ensure effective recovery steps in re-establishing the telephone system.

Telecommunications will ensure internal and external communications are readily available for company use in the event of any disaster here at Cubic.

Telecommunications is responsible for maintaining the current telephone directory, and all updated information should be sent to their attention for inclusion in the company directory.

Telecommunications will provide training, as needed, on the communications systems currently in use here at Cubic.


Human Resources will provide assistance and support to all functional areas, with continued emphasis on ensuring employee assistance and services.

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