So is your “Falling Satellite Hits Building” plan up to date?
Although I do not think this is a serious threat and do not suggest anyone become too alarmed by this story, I am somewhat amused with the quote:
“Since the beginning of the Space Age in the late-1950s, there have been no confirmed reports of an injury resulting from re-entering space objects. Nor is there a record of significant property damage resulting from a satellite re-entry.”
For many disasters that occur throughout history, prior to the event, you could probably safely say there was no record of that particular event occurring. For example: Were there any records of significant damage resulting from a tsunami compromising a nuclear power facility? Were there any records of significant damage resulting from terrorist attacks into high rise buildings with hijacked airplanes? I could add a few more, but think you get the point.
Now, I am in no way suggesting that this threat has the potential to equal either of those two events – or, to even cause any damage at all – I am just saying, we cannot always rely on history to indicate what the next crisis might be.
Please, do not confuse me with Chicken Little here, running around yelling, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling” – I really am not an alarmist, despite the occupation I have chosen – I am merely pointing out the lack of assurance I get hearing someone say, “Well, this has never happened before so why should we worry about it”.
Do not activate your Command Centers monitoring “the satellite threat”. Do not put business areas or your recovery site vendors on alert. I am merely suggesting, do not expect your next disaster to necessarily have a historic precedent.
Now go out there and have a great day – just look up every now and then.