Business Continuity Considerations: Pandemic Preparedness

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By Kevin Kondo

March 2020

Planning is an essential element of positioning an organization to respond to potential disruptions. Regardless of the size of your organization, developing strategies to respond to disruptions, maintain operations and recover in a timely manner can help mitigate risks to your business, your stakeholders and your reputation.

This paper highlights some questions you should be asking within your organization to assist in planning and assessment efforts in the event of large-scale disruptions.

What are the critical functions of the organization?

What risks are the organization most likely to encounter based on your geographical location? What is the likely impact of a disruption (e.g. a pandemic)?

What are the consequences to the organization?

Does our business continuity plan take human resources impact into account?

How does the organization implement business continuity planning?

What communication channels would be utilized?

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