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Ken Peach

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796077

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796077.001.0001

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Dealing with Disaster

Dealing with Disaster

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(p.217) 15 Dealing with Disaster
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Managing Science
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Ken Peach

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796077.003.0015

This chapter discusses what to do in the event of a disaster. Disaster is an overused word which can cover many things, from a mild annoyance to an absolute catastrophe. Here, a disaster is any unexpected and unplanned event that severely curtails the ability to carry on ‘business as usual’. This could be because of a catastrophic event, such as a fire or an earthquake that destroys a significant part of the real estate including, perhaps, the main filing system, or something less physical but equally catastrophic like the sudden loss of significant funding or the simultaneous departure of several key personnel. Disasters do happen, albeit rarely. If disaster strikes, it will be very disruptive, but disaster management, with the help of a business continuity plan, a disaster team and a well-designed and tested recovery plan, will reduce its impact.

Keywords:   disaster, recovery, recovery plan, disaster team, disaster management

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