If you had to evacuate from your building right now and were told you couldn’t get back in for two weeks, would you know what to do to ensure your business continues to operate? Would your staff? Would every person who works for your organization?
Increasing threats to business operations, both natural and man-made, mean a disaster could occur at any time. It is essential that corporations and institutions develop plans to ensure the preservation of business operations and the technology that supports them should risks become reality.
Building an Enterprise-Wide Business Continuity Program goes beyond theory to provide planners with actual tools needed to build a continuity program in any enterprise. Drawing on over two decades of experience creating continuity plans and exercising them in real recoveries, including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Master Business Continuity Planner, Kelley Okolita, provides guidance on each step of the process. She details how to validate the plan and supplies time-tested tips for keeping the plan action-ready over the course of time.
Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, and for any number of reasons. However, by proactively planning for such events, smart leaders can prepare their organizations to minimize tragic consequences and readily restore order with confidence in the face of such adversity.
Table of Contents
Where It All Began from Someone Who Was There. Selling the Program. Project Initiation and Management. Your Planning Team and Your Vital Records Program. Risk Evaluation and Control. Business Impact Analysis. Resource Requirements. Recovery Strategies. Documenting the Plan. Training and Awareness Programs. Testing the Recovery Plan. Coordinating with Public Agencies. Crisis Management/Event Management. Crisis Communications. Pandemic Planning. Life Safety. Transitioning from Project to Program. Industry Certifications and Professionalization. Disaster Planning at Home. The Regulatory Environment. Tools, Software, Recovery Contracts, Consultants and Other Matters. Summary and Lessons Learned from Real Events. APPENDICES:Sample Initial-Response Plan for Small Sites. Test-Planning Guide and Sample Test Plan for Business-Unit Exercises at an Alternate Site. Test Scenarios. Alternate-Site Development Kit. Business-Continuity-Planner Job Description.