In checking your business recovery plan (assuming you have one) you need to make sure you have identified the impacts of losing key resources (i.e. loss of a facility). Have you implemented an on-going process and funded same to make sure necessary steps are taken to identify the impact of potential losses? The Business Continuity process will illuminate managers on how services will be maintained during the recovery process. What are your key services and who will carry them out while a segment of your managers are devoted to restoring the operations? There will be competing priorities so you must have an incident management system to guide decision makers in making the tough choices.
Do you have a built in situational analysis process that allows you and your staff to evaluate the severity and consequences that you are facing? Establishing a program coördinator authorized to administer your emergency management program and to keep the program current will aid you long before emergencies strike. Sixty percent or more of organizations fail to re-open once they go through a disaster or significant emergency. Don’t let that happen to you.
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