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Study: Many U.S. Businesses Still Not Ready For Disasters

The study by the Partnership for Public Warning and AT&T showed that nearly a quarter of companies don’t have disaster plans in place. Three years after Sept. 11, one year after a major blackout nailed the Northeast, and just days after a major hurricane devastated sections of Florida, nearly one in four American businesses still doesn’t have a disaster plan in place, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, done by the non-profit Partnership for Public Warning in conjunction with AT&T, surveyed 1,000 executives from 10 of the country’s major metropolitan areas, including New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. A quarter of the businesses in New York and Washington, the two targets of the 9-11 attacks, lack a plan. But at least they’re more prepared than businesses in earthquake-prone Los Angeles, where 30% of companies work without a plan. “None of this was really a surprise,” said Ken Allen, executive director of Partnership for Public Warning. “It was perhaps a disappointment, but it only confirmed what we expected: Too many businesses are unprepared.” Full Story

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