If we look back through the history of our country, we realize the resiliency of our country. There have been many turning points and lessons learned when something happened that changed everything going forward. The stock market crash in 1929 was one. The bombing of Pearl Harbor another. But the most recent turning point, before the pandemic, was 9/11. Prior to that, no foreign power or entity had ever succeeded in attacking the continental United States.
We have learned many lessons from these incidents and examples of our resiliency. Among those that we share with our corporate and high-worth clients are the following:
We are not invulnerable. While there are many examples of our resiliency, are not an impregnable fortress, protected from attacks of an adversary, or right now, from the attack of a disease.
We are all connected. What happens to people in China, Italy, or Spain or those living in scores of other countries can, in one way or another, impact personal and business welfare and finances of people here in the U.S. While many in our country have resisted globalization and would prefer our country be an island unto itself, it is not; and if this ever were true, it will likely never be true again.
We will get through this. Many people gave up on America during the Great Depression. The first two years of World War II were so difficult for Americans that reporters were asked to look for good news, to find something to give people back home some hope. We are a resilient country. While we are still very fractured, our resiliency is still evident. It is even possible that the pandemic will bring more of us together. It happened after 9/11. It can happen again.
The better prepared will be the ones who do better. Those who prepare are able to fare better and have favorable outcomes. This applies to personal preparedness, security, health and safety, as well as all other aspects of life and business.
Set up a safe room at your house. Creating a safe room and drilling an evacuation plan from the house to a safe location, forming a communication plan are all parts of being prepared. If you do all these things in advance, you will fare better during a crisis.
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Chief Executive Officer