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Date: Sep 2014

On March 11th, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan. Its impact shifted the earth on its axis by up to 10 inches. Immediately afterwards, a devastating tsunami destroyed large portions of Japan’s coastline and caused major damage that induced a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

At the time, I was an Information Professional Officer with the US Navy, responsible for network communications for an entire Carrier Air Wing, and stationed ~160 miles from Fukushima. Suddenly the binder with our disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plans became very important. While our infrastructure was largely intact, we had limited connectivity, rolling blackouts, and radioactive fallout amongst other challenges to deal with....Read More

Every year businesses close their doors in the wake of a disaster. We’ve seen numerous warnings from industry groups, government agencies, and the business press about the need to plan ahead. While the oft quoted statistics regarding business failures after a disaster are up for debate, it is clear that many businesses have significant challenges following a disaster, and for some, those challenges are fatal. Any organization that doesn’t have a realistic and robust plan is likely to be in dire straits when the worst happens....Read More

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