Let's forget, if we can, the car bomb in Times Square that fizzled. Instead, let's suppose it hadn't. Or let's suppose that it's a couple of months from now, and a category 5 hurricane hits the East Coast of the U.S. Or that the Big One finally hits-in Seattle. There's no question that these would all be disasters of immeasurable proportions. The loss of life would be great, the loss in property would be huge.
No doubt you're thinking that you've got this taken care of in terms of a business continuity strategy. You have a hot site for your data center, you have an alternate operations center already set up. You back your data up to a cloud storage provider. Your business will go on, right? Well, maybe not.
While your information may be safe, what's going to happen to your employees? Probably what's happened in the past, which is that they'll be trapped at home or in the office, out of touch, out of reach, and in some cases in peril. As a senior manager in a corporation, you need to worry about both the welfare of your staff and the continuation of your business. If you've taken care of the welfare of your business, then your entire focus needs to be on your staff.
Problem is, you and your staff will be out of touch with the rest of the world. Your phone system will almost certainly be out, as will your power. Your cell phones won't work. The infrastructure outside may be damaged. Your building may or may not be intact. What you need is a plan:
It may sound overly dramatic to suggest that such extensive planning is necessary, but events over the past decade have shown that companies that have such plans in place survive, and those that don't may not. Obviously, being prepared costs money, but probably not nearly as much as being unprepared.