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The Worried Executive's Guide: Preventing the Telephone Company's Disasters from Becoming Yours (Part 3 of 3)

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Leo Wrobel concludes his series on preventing telephone system disasters from affecting you, designating 26 major (or seemingly minor, but nonetheless important) areas you need to check before considering your organization "ready for anything."
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Think of this article as "Telecommunications Disaster Recovery Considerations, A–Z." There are 26 specific items for your consideration. Some items center on how to develop a telecommunications recovery plan; some address how to test one. Many items deal with the important issue of maintaining command and control. Use this as a handy checklist of items that you may not have considered with regard to your telecommunications disaster recovery plan—kind of like the fast-food equivalent for recovery planning.

Let’s dive right in!

A: Where Will You Meet After a Disaster?

Issue: One major role of telecommunications in a disaster is command and control. You’ll need to set up the eyes and ears of your organization in a place from which recovery can be coordinated. If your original building is totally inaccessible or lacks the required telecommunications, water, or sanitary facilities, it will be necessary to set up a staging area in a nearby location conducive to your type of business.

Action: Identify a prearranged staging area for recovery operations, such as in a nearby hotel. After the location has been identified, it will need to be capable of handling communications. That responsibility lies in the telecommunications recovery plan.

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