BC 020502 Back-up Power Arrangements

All organisations should consider the provision of back-up generators to allow critical business processes to continue when there is a power outage. This decision should be made on a cost justification basis. An Uninterruptable Power Supply System should also be considered for key equipment or services which may be affected by sudden surges of power, or where data may be corrupted when the system switches over from mains power to a back-up generator. Many UPS systems allow sufficient time for an automated back-up generator to be fired up to replace the lost power.

The BCP should note the existence of such back-up generators and UPS systems and the critical functions that they are able to support. The BCP should also record the frequency of testing these arrangements and the persons responsible for conducting the tests and maintaining the equipment.

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