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On an unusually warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-November 2001, my wife and I stood silently on the deck of our home, on the face of the Watchung Mountains, in central New Jersey. This may have been the first opportunity we had to exhale from the horrific events of eight weeks earlier. As we were gazing to the east in the direction of New York City, we were unable to absorb the beauty and serenity of the moment. We realized such simple pleasures were probably still out of bounds. Although we were not exactly sure how, we acknowledged life…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gregory J. Ferris

Gregory J. Ferris serves as the business continuity program manager for the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey where he oversees business continuity planning across all critical lines of operation including aviation, tunnels/bridges/terminals, New York and New Jersey Ports, PATH, Port Authority Police Department, and the World Trade Center. He served as the 2006 chairman of the Securities Industry Association’s business continuity planning committee. He also served on the board of directors of Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNet) and was a financial services contributor to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which recommends critical infrastructure protective measures to the president of the U.S. In 2006, he advised the United Nations on pandemic planning and response, and he testified before Congress on Wall Street’s preparations to respond to avian influenza and other business interrupting events. Ferris graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management from the American Military University. He also has a diploma in property and construction management from New York University. He is a certified business continuity professional and holds several FEMA Emergency Management Institute certifications.

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