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Wednesday, 21 November 2007 23:57

In Times Of Disaster, It Is Quite A Balancing Act

Written by  David Harvey

When disaster strikes, it comes without warning, without expectation, without limits, and often without any preparation. Since 9/11, the issues of business interruption and recovery have been brought to the forefront for both corporate and emergency response organizations. What has become evident is the need for corporate leaders to develop comprehensive all-hazard emergency plans that rise above simple business continuity/data protection procedures. Emergency responders need to gain a better understanding of the impact that business interruption has on the community and the importance of business recovery to the local economy. The responsibility falls on key corporate officials and their business restoration support contractors to know how to coordinate with first responders, so they can resolve critical issues such as access and safety. Each must know how the other operates. Each must know what needs the other must fulfill. Further, the threat of terrorism has added a new dimension to that interaction: criminal