CONTINGENCY PLANNING – SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE

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Contingency planning is essential for a Business Continuity Management (BCM) program. A good contingency plan can be the difference between continued operation or bankruptcy after a serious incident has occurred.

A contingency plan is used when a crisis or disaster has occurred. ACI assists businesses in developing simple and operational contingency plans.

HOW A CONTINGENCY PLAN IS DEVELOPED

A disaster contingency plan plays a central role in a company’s BCM and describes how to handle a crisis situation. The contingency plan is based on the definitions and strategy outlined in the company’s BCM program. The protocols outlined in the contingency plan are documented and contain the following information:

  • Composition and roles of the crisis response team
  • Escalation processes
  • Criteria for activating the contingency plan
  • Incident response plans
  • Communication plans and methods
  • Detailed description of actions in the contingency plan

ACI recommends that a contingency plan is developed following the international guidelines outlined in ISO 22301 and ISO 27031.

IMPLEMENTING AND UPDATING A CONTINGENCY PLAN

The effectiveness of a new or updated contingency plan depends on its implementation. In order to avoid that the plan simply becomes an achieved ring binder, ACI provides operational support so that the plan can be continually updated and applied in practice.

ACI assists businesses to implement an update and maintenance cycle so that the contingency plan does not fall into disuse and thus becomes ineffective.

EMPOWER YOUR CONTINGENCY PLAN

ACI can provide assistance to establish the use of Crisis Commander – a easy to use and accessible system that can empower and streamline the protocols outlined in the contingency plan – from the warning system (notification of crisis) to the implementation of contingency plans. ACI is the Danish distributor of Crisis Commander which is used in more than 40 countries to support disaster planning. Click here to read more about Crisis Commander.


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