Business Resumption Planning
This Checklist is to help you determine the adequacy of your
business resumption plan. The checklist is based on information
from the booklet: Business Resumption Planning, A guide,
published by Emergency Preparedness
Canada and SafeGuard
- Have key employees seen the business plan and are all
employees aware that there is such a plan?
- Have employees been told their specific roles and
responsibilities if the business resumption plan is put
- Have information sessions on business resumption plan
- Does your business resumption plan include home/ pager/
cellular/ numbers of personnel with key roles in the
implementation of the plan, and are they available on a 7
X 24 basis if necessary, (vacation, etc.)?
- Do designated employees know who dose what in the event
of an emergency?
- Have people with special needs been identified and
provisions made for them?
- Does your business resumption plan provide a means for
replacement staff when necessary?
- Consider the condition of your buildings, -- old,
recently retrofitted or new and the impact this may have
on some details of your business resumption plan.
- Do you have access to a building engineer who can inspect
the building and facilities soon after a disaster so that
damage can be identified and repaired to make the
premises safe for the return of employees as soon as
- Is there a plan for the regular inspection of the
buildings and facilities, with an inspection checklist?
- Are there hazards in neighboring and adjacent buildings
that could endanger life or your business / organization?
- Do you have plans for alternative shelter, if needed?
- Do employees know where the alternative facilities are
- What is the risk of failure of such systems as electrical
power, natural gas, toxic chemical containers, and pipes?
- Are toxic materials safely stored?
- If public or general transportation is disrupted, will
that affect your operations? Has this been considered in
your business resumption plan?
- What arrangements exist for emergency telecommunications?
- Have provisions been made so that employees can
communicate with their families without overloading
- Is there a plan for alternative means of data
transmission if the computer network is interrupted? Is
the plan in writing?Are key staff aware of it? Has the
security of alternative mean of transmission been
- How frequently do you test your recovery plan for
electronic data processing? For communications during an
- Does your business resumption plan incorporate a review
of computer operations and analyze networking and
- Are computers protected from leakage from fire sprinklers
and pipes on upper floors?
- Does your business resumption plan consider accessibility
to a back-up power generator? Power conditioning?
- Does your business
resumption plan cover administrative and management
aspects in addition to operations? Is three a management
plan to maintain operations if your headquarters is
severely damaged or if access is denied or limited for an
extended period of time?
- If some or all of senior management are unable to work,
does your business resumption plan have procedures that
will enable others to assume these responsibilities? (Is
there an executive succession plan?)
- Is there a designated emergency operations center where
incident management teams can co-ordinate response and
- Have essential records been identified? Do you have a
duplicate set of essential records stored in a secure and
- Are essential records separated for easy retrieval from
those that will not be needed immediately/
- Is there a procedure to check the protective and
emergency devices in offices? (alarm systems, security
- Does your business resumption plan include the names and
numbers of suppliers of essential equipment and other
- Do any of your contractors provide a
service or deliver goods that are essential to the
continued operation of your business and if so do these
contractors have business resumption plans in case
they are also affected by the same disruption that has
interrupted the the functioning of your business?
- Have alternative sources of supply been established?
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