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How Far Is Far Enough

Written by  Thomas L. Weems November 22, 2007

How far is enough? That was the question asked of Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) chapters in the United States. The intent of the survey question was to set standards from within the industry regarding how far an alternate facility and an off-site storage facility should be from the primary operations site. This article is a compilation and interpretation of the responses to that survey. Our thanks to all of the ACP chapters for their participation. Without their cooperation this study could not have been completed. A list of chapters that participated is included at the end of this article. So, how far is far enough? The answer is 105 miles. Well, sort of ... actually, the survey got a little more granular than that. We asked the participants to indicate how far an alternate facility should be from the primary operations facility, assuming that the primary facility is susceptible to any of

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