Given that the best of business continuity and disaster recovery plans require people to make their plans work, it is reasonable to expect that the better those individual support teams are prepared for disaster — e.g. disaster affecting not only their employers, but, more importantly, their families and their communities — the more effective an organization’s BC/DR plans will be executed.

To assist that disaster preparedness process, “benchmarking best practices” remains one of the better options for organizations and individuals to pursue.  Our staff believes that it is more than reasonable to expect that benchmarking can and should be an integral process component for business continuity and crisis management planners.

With that point in mind, our staff recommends a review of the steps and approach taken in a recent project in the state of Oklahoma called the McReady Oklahoma Severe Weather Family Preparedness Program.   From a benchmarking perspective, what the alliance partners in this program have done offers a good basis of approach and content that should become part of every organization’s effort to build and strengthen their own unique personal preparedness components within their own BC/DR plans.

As stated by the Governor, State of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, and speaking about that program, “…there are steps you and your family can take now to help keep you safe. The McReady Oklahoma Severe Weather Family Preparedness Program is designed to better prepare individuals, families, businesses and organizations. I applaud the work of Oklahoma’s emergency managers, McDonald’s, OG&E and so many others represented by this public-private partnership which is working to ensure the safety of Oklahomans.”

Where applicable, our staff urges our readership to take advantage of the steps taken by the state of Oklahoma, and possibly treat this approach as a best practice example of useful ideas you, your organization, your family or your community can use to prepare for emergencies, and, at the same time, better promote the level of preparedness any individuals can bring to support their roles within the BC/DR plans of their employer organizations.

To read more about these benchmark best practices, click here to read the “Strategy for Family Preparedness” guide, and/or click here to read a “Taking Shelter and Preparedness” guide for building Safe Rooms.

Bring this information back to your BC/DR planning teams within your organization for further review as your teams develop their own disaster recovery plans with more specific information relative to your organization’s unique requirements, and, continue to challenge others to do the same.  Also, share this information with your family members.

If you have any additional comments and/or ideas on how to better support the building of personal and family preparedness levels within an organization’s BC/DR planning process, please share them with our readership.

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