We get asked a lot of questions about how any one company can possibly plan for all of the different incidents they could experience. It’s a good question. There are many variations of complexity to incidents that can make the task of planning for them all feel overwhelming. Fires start small, and can grow and spread. Tornadoes might cause minor damage to the warehouse, or take out the entire structure. One employee gets sick with the flu, and suddenly a third of the workforce is unable to come to work.
While discussing this problem with a friend of KingsBridge BCP recently, they had the perfect example to illustrate this point. This person works for a natural gas company, and their story goes like this:
There was a bad thunderstorm happening in an urban area adjacent to an electrical tower. Lightning from the storm struck the tower. The good news is that the tower had a ground wire. The bad news is that the ground wire ran down into the ground next to the end of a metal corrugated sewer pipe. The surge from the lightning strike ran down into the ground wire and hit the sewer pipe. It was conducted along the length of the sewer pipe until it hit a natural gas pipeline at the other end. This caused a minor explosion that set off a chain reaction to all of the natural gas feeds into the homes and businesses in the nearby vicinity.
Luckily, the natural gas company was able to respond quickly and effectively. There was no further damage, and no one was hurt. But just take a moment to think about that chain of events – who could possibly have predicted that scenario?!
Instead of focusing on all of the possible ways an incident might occur, try thinking about what they affect. At the end of the day, no matter what type of incident you experience, it will have an impact on one (or a combination) of these four things:
- Access to your building
- Loss of workforce
- Access to your IT systems
- Supply chain disruptions
We like to call this the “No building, no people, no systems, no suppliers” model. Are you building a brand new Business Continuity Plan (BCP)? Including strategies for these four impacts will give you a solid foundation for your plan. Have a mature BCP? Try taking a step back and reviewing it from the “No building, no people, no systems, no suppliers” lens. Does your current plan allow you to recover from any (or all) of these impacts? Ultimately, your BCP should be designed to support the decisions and strategies your organization will implement given an interruption. Taking a broader approach and assessing how these key impacts will be addressed throughout recovery can lessen the burden of planning and instill confidence in your plan.
The “No building, no people, no systems, no suppliers” model is just one more example of how BCP planning with KingsBridge Is Simple and Straightforward (K.I.S.S.). If you want to learn more, stop by our booth at the DRJ Spring World trade show, come to our Buy In and BCP on a Budget workshop, or reach out to us today!
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