September 28, 2012,14:15 +0900(JST) Emergency Drill
On September 3, our company held an emergency drill with the participation of employees at approximately 50 of our business sites and group companies located in Japan. Assuming the possible situations and incidents caused by tsunamis and fires after a large-scale earthquake, the participating parties checked the effectiveness of their business continuity plan (BCP), evacuation and safety confirmation system, and information sharing system in a practical manner. On that day, I visited one of our customers in Miyagi. I was listening to a customer recount scenes of the Great East Japan Earthquake when I received an email asking whether I was safe.
Sumitomo Electric has implemented various measures necessary for ensuring employees’ safety and the continuous operation of our business, such as the establishment of a department specializing in risk management and reinforcement of company buildings for increased earthquake resistance. No matter how sufficiently we prepare for natural disasters, though, we will not be able to completely protect ourselves and our facilities from them. I believe, however, that it’s important for all employees to become familiar with basic emergency actions through emergency drills, so that they can control themselves without panicking as situations demand when a disaster beyond our expectations occurs.