TOTOWA, NJ—The disruption to data networks inNew Jersey businesses caused by Super Storm Sandy, and the morerecent multi-day power outages around the southern part of thestate from severe summer storms underscores the need for advanceplanning for keeping a business operating when infrastructure isimpaired.

Michael Mullin, president of IntegratedBusiness Systems in Totowa, NJ, exclusively that businessesof all sizes should have a business continuity plan.

“As we know, the longer a business goes without getting back ontheir feet, the more likely it is that they will never get back ontheir feet,” Mullin says. “I think we saw thisafter Sandy. Lots of businesses that weren't prepared never cameback, just because they didn't have their records, their customerlists, the things they needed to sustain their business.”

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Steve Lubetkin

Steve Lubetkin is the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for He is currently filling in covering Chicago and Midwest markets until a new permanent editor is named. He previously filled in covering Atlanta. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. His audio and video work for has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at [email protected].