Step 1) Establish an Emergency Preparedness (EP) Team
Assign Responsibilities for the EP Team
The first step in developing a Business Emergency Preparedness Plan is determining who will be involved in the planning process. For small businesses with just a few employees, it may make the most sense to have a single person working on the plan; for larger businesses, it will be valuable to put together a team of people.
It is important that those involved have enough collective knowledge of the business to ensure that all the critical assets and processes are covered in the plan.
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Hold workshops to familiarize the employees with their roles and responsibilities as defined in the Business Continuity Plan. Workshops are normally conducted in a classroom setting.
Key Roles and Responsibilities for the EP Team
Planning and Implementation
Develop the Business Continuity Plan
Establish alert levels and monitor
Develop training and cross-training plans
Identify key business partners such as suppliers and clients and determine if they have a Business Continuity Plan
Assess potential financial impact of an emergency on the business