Business Continuity Plan

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Business Continuity Plans should:

 
 
  • Establish a succession plan. If possible, appoint at least
    three successors for each leadership position. Consider the
    possibility that some leaders will be absent or unable to act.
  • Grant emergency authority. Give leaders the authority to
    perform specified duties during disasters and emergencies
    and to re-delegate limited authority when necessary.
  • Specify emergency steps. Develop all the steps, to-do lists,
    checklists, and procedures that will be needed to ensure rapid
    response, recovery, and continuity. Establish a procedure to
    locate, notify, alert, and recall key personnel. Also specify
    emergency duty locations and the responsibilities and
    assignments that must be carried out.
  • Designate a primary control center. Select an emergency
    control center that can be used to manage operations
    during a disaster or emergency.
  • Select a secondary control center. Choose an alternative
    emergency control center in case the primary control
    center cannot or should not be used.
  • Identify backup facilities. Identify backup facilities that allow
    departments, agencies, and other emergency functions to
    continue working during a disaster or emergency.
  • Secure vital records. Develop the procedures needed to select,
    preserve, and provide the records that will be needed to ensure
    that your organization is able to function during an emergency
    and to continue operations without difficulty. Financial records,
    data files, personnel documents, and engineering drawings are
    examples of the kinds of things that should all be protected.
  • Protect your resources. Develop plans and procedures
    to protect your people and facilities during a disaster or
    emergency and to allocate and deploy the resources that
    will be needed in order to restore and maintain operations.
    Make sure that you’ve got the ability to relocate, replicate,
    or access redundant resources. And make sure that you’ve
    got the ability to teach people about what kinds of protective
    measures should be taken.
 
 

The above is based on NFPA 1600 2007 Annex A.5.8.3.8.

 
 

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