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UPDATED: March 2019
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TermDefinition
Effectiveness
Extent to which planned activities are realized and planned results achieved.
Efficiency
Relationship between the result achieved and the resources used.
Electronic Vaulting

The electronic transfer of data to an off-site storage facility.

Embedding Business Continuity
The Management Practice within the BCM Lifecycle that continually seeks to integrate Business Continuity into day-to-day activities and organizational culture.
Emergency
Any incident, whether natural, technological, or human-caused, that requires responsive action to protect life or property.
Emergency Control Center (ECC)
The Command Centre used by the Crisis Management Team during the first phase of an event.
Emergency Coordinator
The person designated to plan, exercise, and implement the activities of sheltering in place or the evacuation of occupants of a site with the first responders and emergency services agencies.
Emergency Data Services
Remote capture and storage of electronic data, such as journaling, electronic vaulting and database shadowing/mirroring.
Emergency Marshal
A person responsible for ensuring that all employees, visitors and contractors evacuate a site/building and report to the emergency coordinator when their designated floor/area is clear.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The physical location at which the coordination of information and resources to support incident management (on-scene operations) activities normally takes place. The facility used by the Incident or Crisis Management Team after the first phase of a plan invocation. An organization must have a primary and secondary location for an EOC in the event of one being unavailable. It may also serve as a reporting point for deliveries, services, press and all external contacts.
Emergency Planning

Development and maintenance of agreed procedures to prevent, reduce, control, mitigate and take other actions in the event of a civil emergency.

Emergency Preparedness
The capability that enables an organization or community to respond to an emergency in a coordinated, timely, and effective manner to prevent the loss of life and minimize injury and property damage.
Emergency Procedures
A documented list of activities to commence immediately to prevent the loss of life and minimize injury and property damage.
Emergency Response
Actions taken in response to a disaster warning or alert to minimize or contain the eventual negative effects, and those taken to save and preserve lives and provide basic services in the immediate aftermath of a disaster impact, for as long as an emergency situation prevails.
Emergency Response Plan
A documented plan usually addressing the immediate reaction and response to an emergency situation