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.
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How to use contingency plan in a sentence
The FAA said it has long had such contingency plans in place in case of emergencies.Air traffic control center in Leesburg closes for two hours because of coronavirus | Ian Shapira | January 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Smith said he’d had no conversations with the league about any contingency plans involving the playoffs or Super Bowl being pushed back.The NFL made it to the playoffs despite the coronavirus. But plenty of obstacles remain. | Mark Maske | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
As a contingency plan, Dwayne Haskins spent the majority of the week preparing to start for the second consecutive game.Alex Smith questionable, Terry McLaurin doubtful for Washington’s game against Carolina | Nicki Jhabvala | December 25, 2020 | Washington Post
Modernization is critical for an industry that still mostly runs on spreadsheets and collective knowledge that has locked in an aging employee base, with no contingency plans in the event of retirement, Lambert said.National Grid sees machine learning as the brains behind the utility business of the future | Jonathan Shieber | December 24, 2020 | TechCrunch
Ghaly said hospitals have been making contingency plans to activate “crisis care teams,” which would make the difficult decisions of prioritizing care among sick patients should facilities become overwhelmed.Nearly twice as many Americans are hospitalized right now with COVID-19 than in spring | Rachel King | December 22, 2020 | Fortune
When the first aircraft went down, Nixon said, they had a contingency plan, and they started putting it into place.
Does the administration have a contingency plan if those aren't ready, either?Obamacare Won't Be Doing Much for Small Business Next Year | Megan McArdle | April 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We have contingency plan after contingency plan,” says Buckhorn.Republicans Brace for a Convention Storm as Isaac Heads for Florida | Daniel Stone | August 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, it appears to be part of a contingency plan in case Abbas feels he has exhausted his political options.Mahmoud Abbas Could Dismantle Palestinian Authority | Dan Ephron | December 3, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Defense Department even drew up a contingency plan for a U.S.-Egyptian attack on Libya, Gates remembers in the book.