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Are You Really Ready To Recover?

Written by  John Glenn, MBCI October 22, 2010

All risk managers/business continuity practitioners put a lot of time and effort into developing programs and plans to avoid or mitigate risks. We put a lot of time and effort into developing response plans to recover from an event. Personnel are trained and plans are exercised, critiqued, and the plan adapted as necessary. We know if something goes bump in the night, the well-trained staff will be able to maintain at least a minimum level of service while restoring the organization to business as usual. What most of us fail to consider is the well-being of the responders. I would like to borrow Norm Harris’ worst -case scenario. “There’s only one scenario,” I remember my mentor telling me, “and that’s when you go to work and there’s nothing there.” Let me set the stage to introduce an often-overlooked subject: recovery-related policies and procedures. Aren’t standard policies and procedures (P&Ps) sufficient? In a word, “no.” Recovery P&Ps

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