As the recovery in the Bahamas continues following the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian, it offers a lesson in the value of preparedness. Companies and governments around the globe work to balance the expense and efforts to plan for all contingencies against the threat of a wide variety of disasters and the resulting damage. With regard to oil spills, there is no doubt that the damage can vast and extensive. It highlights the need to have oil spill response equipment on-site and ready for immediate deployment. Waiting to bring oil spill containment boom, oil skimmers, and other equipment in after the fact, especially when infrastructure may be damaged and access severely limited can often compound an already serious problem. The sooner the equipment is deployed after a spill, the more effective the containment and recovery efforts will be.
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