Avoiding Disaster: How to Keep Your Business Going When Catastrophe Strikes

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The best thing you can do for your business is to be ready foranything
When Disaster Strikes offers business leaders the peace of mind ofknowing that their business is ready for any contingency, no matterhow extreme. This guide is designed to be used as both apreparatory resource for when times are good, and an emergencyreference when times are bad. This book gets managers up-to-speedon what they should be prepared to deal with and offers realsolutions for putting those business continuity plans in place.From natural and man-made disasters to catastrophic computer hackattacks, When Disaster Strikes is the ultimate weapon for anymanager determined to help the business survive no matter what.

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"Avoiding Disaster is comprehensive, accurate, and exceptionallyuseful. It is written for the corporate manager/executive taskedwith developing and/or managing the strategic function the authorcalls 'disaster avoidance.' This book provides the best descriptionI have seen of what should be done, and what skills and knowledgeare required to do it. I designed and teach the graduate-levelcourse in Corporate Crisis Management and Business Continuity inthe George Washington University's Crisis, Emergency, and RiskManagement degree program. I intend to use John Laye's book as atext."
-- John R. Harrald, Director, Institute for Crisis, Disaster, andRisk Management
The George Washington University

"If anyone can teach you how to avoid disaster, it is John Laye.His book, which is aptly titled Avoiding Disaster, is written in astraightforward, easy-to-understand, and yet technically accuratemanner. John brings his lifelong hands-on experience to the generalcorporate environment in the same easygoing way that he teaches aclass. The examples and theory are clear and all you have to do isfollow the process and you are on your way to minimizing yourcorporate liability . . . in most cases actually avoiding disaster.I highly recommend this book to business continuity professionals,risk managers, corporate safety and security staff, and executivesat every organization that is forward-thinking and needs to survivethose crises that are facing our society today."
-- Johnathan Tal, President and CEO, Tal Global Corporation

"John Laye's Avoiding Disaster: How to Keep Your Business GoingWhen Catastrophe Strikes is an important text that will be found incollege classrooms and libraries and on the desks of businesscontinuity professionals. Laye grounds his book with solid businessprinciples while also highlighting how disaster planning can becentral to a company's survival. He combines firsthand andpractical knowledge with key regulations and case studies. Bothveterans and people new to the field will find his examples andresources beneficial. Although written primarily for the privatesector, people in the public sector of disaster management willfind his segments on the media and communication, strategicplanning, hazard analysis, and many other topics useful andeducational. I know this is a book that will be on my referencebookshelf."
-- David M. Neal, PhD, Professor and Associate Director, Institutefor Emergency Preparedness
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

"Avoiding Disaster is a must-read for everyone who wants to ensurethe protection and the continuity of their business."
-- Ian I. Mitroff, Harold Quinton Distinguished Professor ofBusiness Policy
Professor of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication

"Following September 11, organizations have renewed their interestin building resilience to avoid distress. No one knows what thenext catastrophe will be or when it will occur. It is thereforeimportant to take on board the philosophy of 'being prepared.'Business Continuity Management (BCM) is an important managementdiscipline that enables organizations to build effective responsemechanisms. John Laye's book provides an excellent grounding in theprinciples behind BCM and will greatly assist those planning toavoid disasters in the future."
-- John Sharp, Chief Executive, The Business Continuity Institute,www.thebci.org

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Earthquakes, fires, mainframe crashes, hacker attacks, terrorism .. . Whether you operate in the private sector or the public sector,failure to prepare for disruptive events can cripple yourorganization when disaster strikes and even endanger its verysurvival. Avoiding Disaster provides the contingency planningmethods managers must have to cope with catastrophes-naturaldisasters, man-made events, or technological calamitiesalike.

In these uncertain times, it's especially important that you beready for whatever comes. In the event of a disaster, managers mustengage policy directives that are clear, unequivocal, and directedfor maximum beneficial effect. As case studies within the bookillustrate, quick, decisive, and well-reasoned management is thesingle most important ingredient for survival in a crisis. Thisvaluable resource offers expert guidance and thoughtful adviceabout planning for and dealing with worst-case scenarios, ensuringthat your business or organization will survive no matter whathappens.

You might think that your organization-especially if you manage alarge company-could not be significantly affected by any one event.But often, a disaster spirals out of control to bring down anorganization that would have survived if it had been ready. Infact, any organization can be undone by a catastrophe if the propersteps aren't taken in advance. And if everything falls apart, it'smanagers who'll ultimately pay the price. So in order to protectyour organization and your job, you must assess threats, preparefor them, and move quickly when the worst case scenarios start toplay.

Whether you manage a Fortune 500 company, a government agency, or anot-for-profit, Avoiding Disaster offers the tips, tools, andtechniques you need in times of duress. You'll develop the plansyou'll need for any contingency and know which events you should beprepared for, what training your employees need, and which suppliesyou should have on hand before the event. You'll learn how to limitthe damage done to employee, consumer, and stockholder confidencewhen things go wrong, and know that you can lead effectively whenleaders are needed most.

During a crisis, the worst thing a manager can do is not know whatto do. You won't have time to debate, but you will have time to actif you're already prepared. With Avoiding Disaster on yourbookshelf, you'll find the peace of mind that comes with knowingyou're ready for anything.

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