Identifying the Elements of a Business Continuity Plan
A complete Business Continuity Plan consists of several components that handle not only the continuation of critical business functions, but also all the functions and resources that support those critical functions.
Emergency response teams must be identified for every possible type of disaster. These response teams need written procedures and checklists to keep critical business functions operating.
Written procedures are vital for two reasons. First, the people who perform critical functions after a disaster may not be familiar with them: They may not usually perform those functions. (During a disaster, the people who ordinarily perform the function may be unavailable.) Second, the team probably needs to use different procedures and processes for performing the critical functions during a disaster than they would under normal conditions. Also, the circumstances surrounding a disaster might have people feeling out-of-sorts; having a written procedure guides them into action (kind of like the “break glass” instructions on some fire alarms, in case you forget what to do).
When a disaster strikes, experts need to be called in to inspect the premises and determine the extent of the damage. Typically, you need experts who can assess building damage, as well as damage to any special equipment and machinery.
Depending on the nature of the disaster, you may have to perform damage assessment in ...