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Planning for the Unthinkable

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  • Planning for the Unthinkable

    Emergency planning, disaster recovery - these topics have been in the news a lot lately in the United States.
    As an account executive at a professional servicing firm, one of my responsibilities was to be sure my customers had disaster recovery plans. Everyone wants their telephone to work no matter what happens. And yet, even so, it wasn't something my clients wanted to address. Many thought the possibility too remote. Others had too many other projects on the table that they said took priority.

    It is hard for an estate planning attorney to convince someone he or she needs a will. It is only when something happens in a person's life like a serious illness or death that suddenly what was on the back burner comes to the forefront.

    It is only when something dreadful happens that suddenly we wake up to the fact that planning for an emergency is important. When Terry Schiavo was in the news many who didn't have health care proxies took the opportunity to sign one. After Hurricane Katrina suddenly people are now looking at contingency planning.

    Governments too have been challenged where contingency planning is concerned. If there are disaster recovery plans my guess is that a few thought about the possibility of everyone having to evacuate their homes. If there were evacuation plans at all then most likely they would have ended by everyone going to a public building. Who would have considered transporting people away from the area entirely?

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    Katrina has been a horrific event for us all. Looking at the lessons though and making our plans accordingly is extremely important.

    So one lesson I know I have learned is that I want to be sure that federal, state and local governments have really clear plans that are coordinated with each other. I want to know about these plans too because I have a responsibility for myself, my family and my professional servicing business.