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Many of the questions frequently asked by our readers seem to have a theme of need for more guidance documents and related information to read as they attempt to apply a business continuity methodology to their small and mid-sized organizations.

To address this issue, our staff recommends a guidance document developed and recently released by FEMA – which guidance document was meant to help direct Non-Federal small and mid-sized business entities regarding their efforts to develop business continuity plans.  The elements of such a plan are critical to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive and effective continuity capability for that organization.

Our staff agrees with FEMA’s position that continuity programs and operations are good business practices that ensure critical services will be available to the Nation’s citizens under all conditions.

Further to this point, our staff believes that this guidance document is good reading, and certainly to be included in the libraries of and by all business continuity, business, operational and enterprise risk management teams. It is also a useful guidance document to introduce to the PS-Prep and disaster preparedness team members in your organization.

This document is an operational guidance document produced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHA)  and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with our non-federal partners, entitled, “Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC 1), Continuity Guidance for Non-Federal Entities”. 

As stated in the document;

“This guidance document provides direction to non-federal entities for developing continuity plans and programs. Continuity planning facilitates the performance of essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations. By continuing the performance of essential functions through a catastrophic emergency, the State, local, territorial, and tribal governments (non-Federal Governments entities or NFGs) support the ability of the Federal Government to perform National Essential Functions (NEFs), continue Enduring Constitutional Government, and ensure that essential services are provided to the Nation’s citizens. A comprehensive and integrated continuity capability will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to, and recovery from, a national emergency.” 

To read this entire guidance document, CLICK HERE.

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