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Ready For Rita?

Here we go again. Less than a month after the Gulf Coast was slammed by Hurricane Katrina, her nasty cousin Rita is approaching Texas and Louisiana with similar fury. If there is any good news in this, early indications are that Texas at least, save for the Houston evacuation plan, is better prepared with businesses and hospitals executing sound contingency plans.It is stunning in the aftermath of Katrina to realize how many of the basics were neglected in so many business'contingeny plans. We are hearing more stories about how many generators were quickly flooded out because they were placed on the ground floor, an issue that reportedly impacted BellSouth in New Orleans where its generators were apparently in the telecom provider's flooded basement.

AT this point, all we can do is wait and see what the net impact is on businesses and the coast as a whole. And hope that businesses are truly better prepared this time around. And, of course, some good luck would go pretty far at this point.