Can your business survive if your facility is without electrical power for several days? Can your business survive if your facility is without electrical power for a few weeks? In January 1998 ice storms swept across the northeast United States and eastern Canada. The ice storm was so severe that the weight of the ice caused power lines to fall, utility poles to break or fall, and power transformers to explode. Millions of businesses and residents were left in the cold and dark, without electricity for three to twenty-eight days. Natural disasters can leave millions of users of electricity without power for extended times. These disasters include snow, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes, just to name a few. Seventy-five percent of all businesses and homes fall into a geographical region where one of these natural disasters can occur. Realistically, disasters can occur anywhere, anytime, with little or no warning.