Disaster Response and Recovery

Articles written in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks remind us that having disaster plans in place can help us prepare for any emergency.

The 24-Hour Recovery Plan
Even the smallest companies should put backup plans in place.
Disaster Recovery Planning 101
Follow these low-cost tips to prepare your business for emergencies.
8 Steps to Help You Develop a Disaster Plan
A contingency plan has always been something that no business should be without, but the events of September 11, 2001 underscored the importance of such preparation.
Your Livelihood as Well as Your Life?
If you or an essential employee are called to active duty in the military reserves, how will your business cope? The Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may help.
Flirting with Disaster
Many businesses have a disaster plan to prevent an unforseen meltdown, but few have put their plan to the test. MSS Group (#135 on the 2000 Inc. 500 list) discovered that its disaster plan was disastrously flawed.

Contingency Planning

Putting plans in place to weather any adverse incident, including war, can greatly improve your chances of surviving.

War. Who Is It Good For?
Absolutely nobody. But there are some things you can do to protect your business.
How Business Can Prepare for War
Wharton faculty and members of the Wharton Fellows program shared their views February 12 on how companies can prepare for a war.
Business Insurance: A 12-Point Checklist
Find out what some of the key mistakes small business CEOs make in buying business insurance and what you should keep in mind, especially in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Crises can test your skills as a leader. Use these articles to help your business and your employees cope.

From Chaos to Leadership
Laurel Touby, founder of mediabistro.com, discusses how the September 11 attacks and the economic downturn affected her business and tested her abilities as a company leader .
A Time for Leadership
Norm Brodsky's account of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, reminds us that its imperative for businesses to make plans for moving forward in the case of any emergency in order to ensure the survival of your company.
Leading Your Company Through a Crisis
What can leaders do to ease the transition through a time of crisis? Here are nine steps to take.
Helping Employees Cope
These seven steps to help employees cope with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks can help you help your employees manage through any time of crisis.
Managing Uncertainty in an Economic Downturn
As we await an economic upswing, leaders and managers must ensure that fear, turnover, "survivor's syndrome," lack of hope, and sinking morale don't sabotage performance or damage company culture.