If anyone can teach you how to avoid disaster, it is John Laye. His book,
which is aptly titled Avoiding Disaster, is written in a straightforward,
easy-to-understand, and yet technically accurate manner. John brings his
lifelong hands-on experience to the general corporate environment in the
same easygoing way that he teaches a class. The examples and theory are
clear and all you have to do is follow the process and you are on your way
to minimizing your corporate liability . . . in most cases actually avoiding
disaster. I highly recommend this book to business continuity professionals,
risk managers, corporate safety and security staff, and executives at every
organization that is forward-thinking and needs to survive those crises that
are facing our society today.
John Laye’s Avoiding Disaster: How to Keep Your Business Going When
Catastrophe Strikes is an important text that will be found in college
classrooms and libraries and on the desks of business continuity
professionals. Laye grounds his book with solid business principles while
also highlighting how disaster planning can be central to a company’s
survival. He combines firsthand and practical knowledge with key regulations
and case studies. Both veterans and people new to the field will find his
examples and resources beneficial. Although written primarily for the
private sector, people in the public sector of disaster management will find
his segments on the media and communication, strategic planning, hazard
analysis, and many other topics useful and educational. I know this is a
book that will be on my reference bookshelf.
Avoiding Disaster is a must-read for everyone who wants to ensure the
protection and the continuity of their business.
Following September 11, organizations have renewed their interest in
building resilience to avoid distress. No one knows what the next
catastrophe will be or when it will occur. It is therefore important to take
on board the philosophy of ‘being prepared.’ Business Continuity
Management (BCM) is an important management discipline that enables
organizations to build effective response mechanisms. John Laye’s book
provides an excellent grounding in the principles behind BCM and will
greatly assist those planning to avoid disasters in the future.
Written for the corporate manager/executive tasked with developing and/or
managing the strategic function the author calls 'disaster avoidance.' A
must read for everyone who wants to ensure the protection and the continuity
of their business.