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When disaster strikes: Have a plan

9-item checklist for emergency preparedness
Published on Feb 28, 2012

It has been almost one year since the anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, and those horrific events offer a stark reminder about the urgent importance of preparedness. You should always plan ahead for emergencies, big and small, that could rock your business and your personal life. If you don't yet have a plan, don't let another day pass without one. One of my dearest friends used to always say, "Pray for sunshine, be prepared for rain." Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, most of us have a tendency to put off preparing for the rainy day. The challenge with most emergencies is that we simply don't see them coming and, as a result, aren't really well prepared for coping with them. For example, when I lived in Los Angeles, I was evacuated from my home twice due to brush fires. I also lived through three major earthquakes, including the 1994 Northridge earthquake, where the epicenter was just six miles from the college...

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