The recent power outage in the Northeast and Canada brought it home once again; disaster recovery and business continuity planning are basic realities that businesses, large and small, need to address in order to maintain operations before, during, and after a catastrophic event. Since 9/11, companies have improved their efforts to develop and implement workable plans that will enable them to rebound from catastrophic events – either natural or man-made – and re-establish themselves as productive, revenue-generating entities as quickly as possible. Development and implementation of these plans can spell the difference between life and death for a business of any size. Effective disaster contingencies should be all-encompassing plans that address all of the factors and issues to ensure an enterprise is prepared to deal with any eventuality. Whether before, during, or after an event, these documents prepare company management and staffers with a logical series of precautionary and pro-active steps.