As Florida braces for the first hurricane of the precocious 2005 tropical storm season, I thought I'd pull out an article from 2003 on what hurricanes mean for local economies. Among the interesting questions that reporter Rod Kurtz raises:

- Could your business proceed without interruption even if one or more of your facilities were damaged in a hurricane?

- What if your company survives a storm, but an important vendor or customer sustains heavy damage?

- What if storms leave the business standing but damage the homes of key employees?

- Finally, what if, in the aftermath of a storm, the demographics of your region change? How will that change demand for products and services in the area?

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