Resuming operations is the end-goal of any effective business continuity / disaster preparedness plan. The more resolute the plan, the faster your business can return to its normal operations. In addition to saving your business untold financial losses, an expedient return to normal operations also results in a quicker recovery time for the community at large. We have discussed at length the role the private sector plays in the economic recovery of the communities in which they do business. Therefore business resilience results in community resilience.Here are a few tips to resume operations soon after an emergency or disaster:
Disaster recovery and restoration for businesses and organizations is not all that different from a community’s recovery. In fact, as we have stated in previous blog posts, community resilience is directly correlated with the continuity plans of its private sector. That being said, the recovery focus for businesses is geared more to resumption of services, and as such, the disaster recovery bottom line for businesses is to keep personnel employed and normal operations running – hopefully without much time lost at all.
There are three critical factors that play into your organization’s ability to resume normal operations following an emergency. They are:
The last several blog posts have demonstrated the internal value of preparing and sustaining a disaster preparedness plan for your business or organization. Preparedness and resilience are vital components in any business plan, no matter the size of the organization. But have you considered the external value of selling your contingency plans to other organizations? Savvy emergency managers recognize the added value of marketing a well-articulated plan, easy-to implement plan to other executives.
In the last post we discussed ten-ways organizations can promote their business continuity when facing a disaster. As noted, the cornerstone of any effective disaster preparedness and mitigation plan is clear communication. However, the only way to ensure a plan will be implemented as communicated is to put into practice.