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Businesses advised to make emergency plan

September 26, 2006

Albany -- Emergency preparedness experts say you need an emergency kit, in case a disaster strikes your home. But economic leaders say Southwest Georgia businesses need to do the same thing, and prepare an emergency plan  in case of the worst.

These are some of the things that the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center says are needed in case of emergency like tornado, fire, or even terrorism. They say businesses also need an information technology disaster recovery plan for the same reasons.

But the experts say most Georgia businesses are not prepared to deal with weeks without electricity, water, or computers. UGA Small Business Development Group's Mark Lupo said "It's going to happen. Whether it's man made or natural disaster. Hurricane, terrorist incident. I think it's agreed upon it's only a matter of time."

Mark Lupo said all companies need to keep data back-ups of their financial and customer information for safe keeping.

Only ten Albany businesses attended Tuesday's emergency preparedness seminar at the Chamber of Commerce.

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