As earthquakes, hurricanes and security breaches continue to dominate the headlines, a report issued by AT&T Inc. and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) reveals that companies in the Western region of the nation are not prepared for disaster.

The report surveyed businesses in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. It found that barely half of the companies in these states have a business-continuity plan, and 38 percent of companies say it is not an important priority for them. Western firms are not immune to disaster, with 13 percent reporting having weathered a major disruption in the past.

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