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I Will Survive

Valuable tips on preparing for the worst-case scenario before disaster strikes your business

This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Earthquakes, fires, floods-disasters happen all the time. Whether man-made or from Mother Nature, unexpected catastrophes are less likely to defeat businesses that have effective disaster-preparedness plans in their back pockets.

While it may seem too early to worry about the worst, protecting your business as soon as you launch it is actually the wisest course of action. An entrepreneur's first step, according to experts, is to ask yourself what you would do if you couldn't occupy your offices. How would you contact employees? How would you reach your clients? What kind of insurance coverage will you need to ensure you can do all these things?

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