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What if you Planned for a Disaster and Nobody Came?

Written by  RICH COGLIANESE, CBCP, ITIL October 21, 2013

Business continuity teams spend substantial time and effort determining what needs to be done to remain operational when a situation arises beyond an organization’s control. Fairly standard are plans for dealing with the loss of a facility, loss of key systems, or the unavailability of staff. Common among these plans is a broad assumption that during an extreme event staff will give a priority to performing their jobs over ensuring the welfare of their families and property. But that isn’t the case. What if you planned for a disaster and nobody came? Do your organization’s plans go so far as to cover what to do when nothing can be done? Think in terms of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 or Super Storm Sandy on the American east coast in 2012. Factor in the evolving legal environments in some states that make an employer liable if an employee is harmed going

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