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Terrorist Attacks Have Far Reaching Effects On Businesses

Written by  Janette Ballman Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:42

Contingency planners are trained to prepare for business interruptions of any type. But no contingency planner could have imagined the devastating events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The destruction and loss of life caused by the terrorist attack was astounding. By now, the facts of the events have been well publicized. Terrorists hijacked U.S. commercial airlines and slammed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashed into a rural area of Pennsylvania. The World Trade Center Towers, which housed nearly 1,200 businesses, crumpled to the ground, sending clouds of debris and dust crashing down on rescuers and spectators. Billions of dollars in damage occurred and more than 6,000 people were killed. In total, some 40,000 people worked in the World Trade Center. The loss of human life and the massive destruction was devastating to the nation and to the world. As we