Is the sky falling? Or are we over sensitive?
Disasters seem very common these days. Especially if you’re reading the news and social media headlines. It appears that we are under almost daily assault by a variety of common and obscure threats that are presented to us as disasters: catastrophic – or nearly so – for maximum clicks. You’d think by now the barrage of threats (wildfires, floods, locusts, civil unrest to name a few) would numb us, but it’s 2020 and this is not a normal year. 2020 Apocalypse Bingo, anyone?
How does this relate to Business Continuity Planning?
Do we need to pay attention? Yes. Do we need to panic? No.
All incidents are a chance to learn lessons – 2020 is no different. “Murder hornets” sound scary, but in the United States, they have been found in a single Washington county. Do you need to have a plan for Murder Hornets or “Entomological Disasters?” Hardly (unless your business is agriculture or livestock). It’s important to keep perspective.
How does this impact my Business Continuity Planning?
To answer the question of whether to add similar incidents to your response plan: if you live somewhere that has regular incidents (snowstorms, flooding, wildfires, power failures), then, yes, add these to your response plan. Keep in mind that response plans based on “No people, no building, no systems, no suppliers” will better prepare you for the unexpected AND keep your BCP streamlined, requiring less maintenance, costing less. For more on this topic, check out our related blog post.
If such occurrences are a one-in-500 year incident, survive it, learn from it, and be better prepared to ensure it remains an incident and doesn’t turn into a disaster.
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