I see that Stowe Boyd at Get Real and I seem to be having similar thoughts about the need to think about dealing with disaster. Businesses and organizations need to have their own disaster preparedness. Time and resources need to be devoted to the question: If the worst happens, how will we continue to operate? That goes for hurricanes, earthquakes and plagues–ie, a flue pandemic. For my money, that means having a web-based ability to carry on by doing business through a strong communications network and accompanying business processes. The ACS did a great job serving cancer patients after Katrina. But what if traditional face-to-face daily operations and lots-of-people-together-fund-raising were severely discouraged for a year or two? As for me, I plan to keep doing my job while hunkered down. I’ve got plenty of duct-tape and rolls of plasic in the garage.