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Friday, August 15, 2003

Sins of Omission

ICF Consulting has released a timely Issue Paper on the U.S. Northeast Blackout, August 14, 2003. This paper asks and answers some of the important questions: What are the root causes of the problem? Why has this situation been allowed to develop? What should happen next?

There's nothing like a day away from the distractions caused by electricity, to give us pause to ask these important questions and to think about how we'd do business in any event of mass disruption affecting our companies. Much of the resistance to planning for business continuity comes from a natural inclination to believe that, whatever the theoretical problem, it couldn't happen here or it couldn't happen to me. After all, this isn't Baghdad, or some third-world country. Our governments have everything under control.

Hopefully, this event will be a wake-up call, not only for governments with responsiblity for provision of essential services, but also for corporate executives with the responsibility for their own business continuity under all conditions, not just under the most fortunate circumstances imaginable.


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