A Business Continuity Plan is the process of putting together a roadmap for how the
company will deal with adverse conditions in a way that protects competitive advantage,
and allows the business to continue its operations. Adverse conditions could consist of
anything from a natural disaster, major theft, or significant disruption in a supply chain.
Continuity planning is a way of managing the risks inherent in doing business. The goal
is to restore operations as quickly as possible. This Plan addresses all critical systems
and facilities. This form can be customized to provide for any additional industry
specific language that may be necessary. Use this Plan to help prepare a business in
case adverse conditions arise that might cause its operations to cease.
[Your Company’s Name]
Business Continuity Plan
The business continuity plan is to prepare [Your Company’s Name] to deal with a crisis in which
business operations might cease. The goal is to restore operations as quickly as and to the fullest
extent possible. The plan addresses all critical systems and facilities.
Serves as a roadmap for [Your Company’s Name] crisis recovery
Identifies the location of any data not included in this document
Explains procedures and resources that will assist the recovery process
Lists customers and vendors that need to be notified if a crisis occurs
Avoids confusion in a crisis by explaining and testing recovery procedures
Provides information about alternate sources for locations, resources, and supplies
Establishes procedures for safeguarding, storing, and retrieving vital records.
Key personnel are available during a crisis.
An original copy of this plan and other vital records are stored in an off-site location that is
secure and accessible after the crisis.
A crisis includes loss of utilities (water, power), connectivity (systems), or catastrophe (severe
weather, natural disaster, major theft, or vandalism) that results in an interruption of services
provided by [Your Company’s Name].
Crisis Management Team (CMT)
Incident Responder Team (IRT)
Location Coordination Team (LCT)
Post-Crisis Restoration Team (PCRT)
Information Technology Team (ITT)
Other [Describe additional teams if needed]
See Appendix A for details on the roles and responsibilities of each team.
Crisis Team Member Duties
All team members must have alternate backups.
All members must keep an up-to-date list containing team-member contact information both
at home and at work.
Each team members must have a copy of this document at home in case the crisis happens
after working hours.
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Invoking the Plan
The plan takes effect when a crisis occurs. It remains in effect until operations can continue at
the main site or operations can reach an acceptable level at alternate locations. The CMT is the
one to declare a crisis that in turn mobilizes all other teams. The CMT is activated by the
Two (2) or more critical systems or sites are not functioning at the same time for [write in
your maximum acceptable outage timeframe]
It is anticipated that the above is about to occur.
Personnel in public relations will be the main liaisons to have contact with all media venues,
government or regulatory agencies, and other external stakeholders during and after a crisis.
Emergency Management Standards
Data Backup Policy: Entire and incremental backing up of all essential company data occurs on
a regular basis and is stored in an off-site, secure location. The IT department uses the following
standards and procedures in backing up data:
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