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how to inform your clients of your sta-
tus through your website or social net-
works? Do your clients have the ability
to reach you by phone or email regard-
less of where you are? There are many
tools that enable you to do business
without being at your desk or in your
office. Planning for those investments
can mean the difference between
being unreachable and being a
resource for your clients during a diffi-
cult time.
The best thing you can take away from
this exercise is the understanding that
having a written disaster recovery plan
is critical, but it's only the first step
toward being continually prepared.
Disasters don't typically announce
themselves well in advance, so having
a dusty binder on a shelf in an
unknown region of the office will be of
little use to you and your people in the
event of a real emergency. The plan-
ning process should be a living, breath-
ing organism constantly defined, test-
ed, and updated.
Don't get caught up in the hype,
though. Planning for a disaster is just
like planning for anything else it
requires common sense, an open mind,
and a lot of dialogue. It will never be
perfect and it will never be done. You'll
learn and revise the plan each time you
have to put any part of it in action, but
doing so will make your business even
stronger. Happy planning!
advocacy community education
is executive vice
president of ADNET
affiliated company of
J.H. Cohn. Luise has
more than 20 years of
experience in global business and
information technology operations. At
ADNET, Luise is responsible for the
technology direction of the organiza-
tion, with a strong focus on building
strategic, long-term partnerships. He
can be reached at 860-409-1776 or
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