Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

When will business and government organizations finally wake up and realize that crisis preparedness is not something you deal with after the fact?

The cataclysmic debacle in New Orleans is just the latest example of a management team not anticipating and planning for the worse case scenario. I see this "it can’t happen here" mentality in business all the time. In fact, we recently partnered with a trade publication called Business Continuity Insights to survey hundreds of readers, all of whom are top corporate security and risk managers, about crisis preparedness. We asked two questions: Did they have a crisis plan in place? More than 80 percent did. Had they ever simulated a crisis? More than two-thirds hadn’t.

Crisis planning isn’t a nice to have. It’s a MUST have for every single business, government, sports, entertainment, for-profit and non-profit organization.

How many more times do we have to see an egregious planning and preparation faux pas a la New Orleans before the people in charge finally wake up?

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