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Power Reliability: Planning Ahead Closes the Gap Between Continuity and Chaos

Written by  Michael J. Wuebben

Electricity is never more precious or more scarce than after a disaster. Lights are out, telephones disabled, businesses shut down. People may need food, water, heat and medical attention. There can be no real recovery without power, yet no one can predict when utility service will come back. The distance between continuity and chaos in managing a business is sometimes closer than many realize. Even the best laid plans can be wiped away by the devastating effects of a natural disaster. At other times, a power outage can result from something as routine as programming a couple of digits in a computer program. Power failures are beyond your control' but they don't have to control you. Regardless of how interruptions happen, now is a good time to start planning for a backup power system. Providing for a safe, reliable supply of electricity will ensure that your business will save time and