Recently, DR/BCP professionals have sent me inquiries about how to handle crisis management or crisis communication, especially during a DR event. DR/BCP professionals may be highly involved in managing a data or system recovery and unable to devote attention to managing the entire crisis that may result. They need crisis management professionals on their team. It wouldn't be practical to have a crisis management professional on each DR/BCP team, but it w0uld be an excellent time to partner with the corporate or organizational crisis management/crisis communication professional.
I've done Incident Management Team training for private sector organizations, sometimes at several of their critical facilities across the nation. The Incident Command System (ICS) model provides a framework for integrating crisis management, crisis communication and DR/BCP operations when disaster strikes. Most private sector organizations have found ICS to be extremely helpful and affordable if it has be tailored to their business and presented by consultants who understand both the private and public sector uses of ICS. Private sector CEOs also see the benefit in being compatible with public emergency response organizations.