Disaster plans at firms

March 12, 2009
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A fire in downtown Indianapolis has made two firms thankful they have disaster plans already in place.



I spoke with John Trimble at LewisWagner and Peter Pogue at Schultz and Pogue this morning about the fire, and both reiterated the importance of disaster plans at firms. The two firms are located in close proximity to the apartment building that caught fire this morning. They both said if the wind had blown in a different direction, there was a chance their buildings could have caught fire. LewisWagner did suffer damage to some windows facing the fire. (The photo in this post was taken by Pogue from his law office this morning.)

“After Hurricane Katrina and the windstorm that damaged the bank building downtown, we implemented a disaster program with off-site electronic storage,” Trimble said. “This fire was a reminder that all prudent law firms should have a disaster plan.”

Pogue said his firm met with Beth Knotts of Hill Fulwider after the damage that firm sustained from the storm downtown in April 2006 and developed a disaster plan for Schultz and Pogue.

“While we did not need to fully implement that plan today, several aspects for securing computers and personnel notification were implemented and worked well,” Pogue said. “Another reminder how having a disaster plan in place is so important for law firms.”
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