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Recent Events Highlight the Risks Business Continuity Planners Face

Written by  Bob Arnold

There is an old adage that says the only constant is change. This is never more true than in the business continuity world. Change is all around us. The risks we face are continually evolving, melding and growing. With these ever-changing risks, a planner should never feel 100 percent comfortable with their plans and tests.Take for example, the diverse amount of newsworthy events that have occurred early in 2010. When you examine some of the headlines, the wide variety becomes evident.On Jan. 12, the incredible 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The devastation there was astounding and continues today. More than 300,000 were killed and entire villages were destroyed. Total damage estimates range between $8 billion and $14 billion.Another earthquake struck Chile in late February. This one was an 8.8 on the Richter scale and killed nearly 300 people. Massive damage was done to buildings, roads and bridges in the area.