You would hope that many existing business continuity plans are being reviewed given the true scale and impact of the most recent disasters in Japan.
The facts appear to be that these recent disasters in Japan may well change the definition of “likely worst case scenarios” for some business continuity plans.
Trying to get a better handle on how this event could or should relate to your own organization is surely a challenge facing many business continuity and risk management planning teams today. And to help that process along, it would be good to focus your BC/DR and PS-Prep strategy planning teams on a paper recently published by the Price Waterhouse Cooper offices in the UK, where they recently released this report – which seeks to capture some of the business continuity lessons from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan earlier this year.
As stated in this report, you will find the following checklist for business continuity and risk management teams to help them assess the current status of their business continuity management system (BCMS):

  • Should we reconsider our “likely worst case scenario”?
  • Is continuity planning integrated with other risk management disciplines?
  • Do our crisis plans consider the practical needs of employees?
  • How well can we manage fear and uncertainty?
  • Does our continuity planning consider the communities in which we operate?
  • Do we plan collaboratively for greater resilience?
  • Do we rehearse crisis communications enough?
  • How rigid are our plans? Can we remain agile in a rapidly changing environment?
  • Are we clear about our supply chain dependencies?
  • Do we know who is important to us in a crisis?
  • Do we know where the weaker links are?
  • Do we plan collaboratively with supply chain partners and do we rehearse our plans?
  • Should we plan for long term supply chain disruption?
Click here to read this PWC report, and, if applicable, please pass this information along to those BC/DR, risk or crisis management planning team members in your organization.
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