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A Look Beyond the ‘Obvious’ When Planning for Disaster


Ryan Ault is the emergency response manager for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. He is also an armed forces veteran, a former lieutenant of animal services in California. Ault is certified in swift water rescue, rope rescue, large animal handling, trench rescue, collapsed structure, and wildland fire. The "devil is in the details!" How many times have we heard this statement? Let's explore how this might apply to one aspect of business recovery planning. Companies rely heavily on "critical staff" and have a tendency to feel they "will be there when needed." However, when a disaster strikes, people worry as much about their pets or livestock as they do their families. If there is little or no plan in place for this aspect of their lives, the company's critical staff will either not be available to help or won't be fully attentive to details the company might be expecting. There are