Every business should have a disaster preparedness plan and conduct exercises to determine how quickly operations will be restored following a disaster.
Conducting exercises will help improve the overall strength of your disaster plan (assuming you have one) and the ability of your business to get back on its feet after the initial disaster has passed. So… try the following:
- Walkthroughs, workshops, or orientation seminars serve as basic training for team members designed to familiarize employees with emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications plans, and their roles and responsibilities as defined in these plans.
- Tabletop exercises are discussion-based sessions where employees review their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular emergency situation.
- Full-scale exercises take place at your business, using the specific equipment and personnel that would be called upon during a real disaster event.
- Functional exercises allow staff and management to validate plans and readiness by performing their duties in a simulated post-disaster environment. Activities for this exercise are scenario-driven, such as critical infrastructure failure needed for your business to operate.