Developing Your Business Continuity Plan
Every Firestorm Business Continuity Plan is Unique
Business Continuity Plan development includes not only preparing for, and the mitigation of, major disasters (e.g. total loss of a building), but also routine interruptions to service and daily operations. It puts disaster planning in perspective and makes it more likely the impacts from crises are lessened due to predetermined response and recovery actions.
Firestorm can audit your existing plan to isolate gaps or weaknesses, and tailor a solution to address nearly every contingency. Based on findings from our reviews and analyses, Firestorm makes client-specific recommendations to manage and either eliminate or mitigate the impact of identified vulnerabilities on your company or organization. No two Firestorm plans are alike.
What Should Your Business Continuity Plan Include?
Protocols for continuity of operations, security, human resources and crisis communications are paramount; otherwise, you may not be able to meet your governance requirements. Your plan must address all manner of disasters, be they man-made or natural. It should include separate provisions for communicable illness (pandemic), identity theft, sabotage, and access to facilities and systems.
In addition to a business continuity plan, Firestorm recommends creating supporting documents which include emergency response plans (flip-books) for the Crisis Management Team & Incident Response Team, Safety Coordinators, and employees, as well as wallet cards for all employees and visitor evacuation signs to assist clients and guests.
The BCP must be a permanent addition to the overall business continuity program and respond to natural as well as human induced crises. Features of the plan should help ensure the overall preparedness and the effectiveness of your company’s business environment.
Our business continuity plan development addresses the following:
- Recovery prioritization structure for critical business functions
- Response and recovery actions by functional department
- Identification of critical suppliers
- Identification of key employees
Once a plan is developed, training and testing will be essential for the plan’s success. The training, in addition to making all company employees aware of their duties under the plan, should increase employee awareness of preparedness issues, resulting in an efficient and effective response and recovery process. Testing will demonstrate areas where plans require modification.
In addition to a business continuity plan, Firestorm recommends creating supporting documents, which include emergency response plans (flip-books) for the Crisis Management Team & Incident Response Team, Safety Coordinators, and employees, as well as wallet cards for all employees and visitor evacuation signs to assist clients and guests.