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Extra Points – Aware & Prepared

Being Aware and Prepared.

Last week, I performed a table top exercise for a client where we simulated a major data breach. Throughout the exercise, I threw in a few curve balls to add spice to the experience. More importantly, it actually adds reality because seldom does only one event occur when decisions are made and consequences of those decisions realized.

I spend a lot of time talking about business preparedness and resiliency, so let’s make this more personal. How prepared are you and your family to respond to situations (both good and bad) that unfold? Let’s be honest – probably not as well as you know you should. Why is that?

My friend Larry Kaminer (the personal safety guru) tells me all the time that the biggest enemies of preparedness and awareness are apathy, complacency, and denial. Don’t tell me you don’t have the time. Time isn’t a resource issue; it’s a priority issue. The people in your life are a priority and we need to do a better job of preparing to respond. I’m just as guilty, so this is a reminder to myself!

So here is your call to action – Find one (only one) impact area to work on this week (i.e. a house fire or earthquake). Discuss it as a family. Create a plan. Practice the plan. Eat ice cream (remember we are always about rewards). Captain Jack already has his red jump suit ready to go by the door. What about you?

This week’s quote – “A man always has two reasons for doing anything; a good reason and the real reason.”
– J.P. Morgan

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