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The Worst That Could Happen

It's time to face your worst business nightmares. Don't cover your ears and cringe until you hear how you can prepare yourself.

By Geoff Williams

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Oklahoma City. Columbine. September 11. Every once in a while,we are reminded life is unpredictable. And if you'reresponsible for employees and customers, you've come to theconclusion that it's never a bad idea to imagine theunimaginable.

Two authors did just that in what was considered a humor bookbefore September 11. Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht'sWorst Case Scenario Handbook advisesreaders on everything from delivering a baby in a cab to dodgingbullets. One day, Piven and Borgenicht might get around to writingsuch a handbook for entrepreneurs. As unlikely as it is that yourbusiness will be in the line of terrorist fire, your company mightbe in the path of a tornado. No matter how remote or ridiculous theodds seem to you, it's time to start thinking about acontingency plan. Here are a few situations to consider.

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