Ethical obligations during natural disasters As Hurricane Sandy approaches, many businesses face tough choices. As Hurricane Sandy bears down on Atlantic City, New York, and (eventually) parts of eastern Canada, thousands of businesses large and small are faced with dilemmas related to doing business before, during, and after a potential state of disaster. The second choice has to do with the closely related question of whether businesses should require employees to work before, during, and after a natural disaster.
The massive floods that devastated Calgary, Canada late last week have raced downstream, and are now bringing the highest flood waters ever recorded to Medicine Hat, Alberta's 5th largest city (population 67,000.) The flood peaked early Monday morning in Medicine Hat, which had evacuated 10,000 residents in anticipation of the flood.


The Ice Storm of Jan 1998 is generally regarded as Canada's costliest weather related disaster at about $4.5B in damage.
But stores need to be careful to stay on the right side of the law—most jurisdictions have anti-price gouging laws that put limits on how much you can raise prices in the wake of disaster. The closed Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, along Cougar Creek on Friday June 21, 2013. Calgary, Canada's 5th largest city (population 1.2 million), was forced to evacuate 100,000 people, and the downtown area was submerged by the flood waters.


The June 2013 Alberta flood has the potential become the most expensive flood in Canadian history, exceeding the $800 million price tag of the April 4, 2011 flood in Southern Manitoba, along the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba.Figure 3.
The top ten most expensive natural disasters in Canadian history (not adjusted for inflation.) The most expensive flood in Canadian history occurred in April 2011, when flooding on the Assiniboine River and on Lake Manitoba caused $800 million in damage.



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