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What Disaster Recovery Experts Were Thinking Just After The Attacks

Written by  Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. & J. D. Wallace, Ph.D. November 21, 2007

The disastrous events of Sept. 11, 2001 were a tragic and devastating national calamity. Those deliberate acts of terrorism were horrifying to everyone and affected all of us. Those of us in the disaster recovery field shared many of the reactions and emotions of the public, and in some cases had close personal and professional connections to those directly involved in these acts of terrorism. However, those of us in the disaster recovery field also had a unique and practical perspective on the tragedies. Due to our unique occupational psychosis, we tend to think about the methods and practices of disaster recovery preparation, emergency operations, business continuity systems, and implementation of recovery plans. In particular, disaster recovery readiness in both public and private sectors is directly connected to local and national response to such horrible disasters. The thinking of disaster recovery experts is particularly insightful, helpful to other disaster recovery planners,


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