How to Put a Business Continuity Plan Together

How to Put a Business Continuity Plan Together

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Creating a team is the first step in creating a successful Business Continuity plan. The members of the business continuity team provide efficient direction and leadership in the event of a disaster. Make sure the team you build includes skilled communicators with expertise in logistics and are capable of executing emergency response protocols. Leadership team members might include the chief executive officer, chief compliance officer, chief operations officer, chief financial officer, facilities manager, and human resources director.

Once a team is in place you are able to create a plan to keep your team and business safe. To begin, start by assessing your business processes and determining which areas are the most vulnerable. Once weaknesses and vulnerabilities are discovered, you are able to build a plan. There are 6 main steps to creating a solid plan:

  1. Identify the scope of the plan
  2. Identify key business areas
  3. Identify critical functions
  4. Identify dependencies between various business areas and functions
  5. Determine acceptable downtime for each critical function
  6. Create a plan to maintain operations

Once a plan is put in place you will want to test it out and practice as if a disaster had just occurred. Just like a fire drill, you want to make sure you team and staff do not feel scared or overwhelmed if/when a disaster hits.  Testing and practice will also help you to spot if there is a weakness in your plan which can be fixed before a real disaster hits.

 

Source: https://www.cio.com/article/2381021/best-practices-how-to-create-an-effective-business-continuity-plan.html

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