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J: Are Your People Willing to Leave Town in a Disaster?

Issue: Especially in cases of widespread disasters, many employees will go home before reporting to work, to ensure that their homes and families are okay. During Hurricane Katrina, for example, 256 New Orleans police officers bailed out on the job and went home. If the telecom department for your company didn’t show up for work or didn’t go to the recovery center, it could very well be dead in the water.

Action: Identify the people who are responsible for showing up regardless of their home situations. Make sure that they understand the importance of this function and get their assurance that you can count on their being responsible. (And have backup personnel lined up, just in case.)

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