contingency plan

a course of action to be followed if a preferred plan fails or an existing situation changes.
a plan or procedure that will take effect if an emergency occurs; emergency plan. Unabridged
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Main Entry:  contingency plan
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a program of action designed for handling possible future circumstances or events's 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
They also must keep a written and approved contingency plan in case of escape
  or natural disaster.
He also brushes aside the suggestion that reducing the reliance on local
  craftsmen is a contingency plan for the future.
Have a contingency plan in case you encounter complications on your trip.
It incorporates and replaces several parts of the previous edition of this
  contingency plan.
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