Many unexpected events can affect premises and essential equipment that are naturally vital to continuation of normal business activities. These include fire, flood, earthquake, terrorist activity etc. The organisation should therefore develop a plan of how to continue to provide business services to its customers in the event of a disaster which affects either its premises or its essential equipment.
Strategies to be considered include having access to an empty facility which can be used immediately. This is not normally a viable option to most businesses due to the high costs of maintaining such a facility. If the organisation has more than one premises, it could consider moving essential services, personnel and equipment into areas where less-critical services are currently located. Other alternatives would include having a standby arrangement with an office services provider or an arrangement with a real estate broker.
Whichever strategy is considered to be appropriate, only by proper planning will such arrangements work. The terrorist explosion in the City of London in 1991 tested these arrangements to the limits, and a few well-organised firms were able to be up and running within 24 hours of losing their premises, due to adequate plans already being in place.
This section of the BCP will contain details of such arrangements and an estimate of potential costs.
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