“All-Hazards” Approach to Business Continuity Planning

  • June 3, 2013
  • Andy Vanderhoff

All-hazards BC planning approach is not simply planning all-hazards mitigation as more commonly found in different organizations. Mitigation is typically perceived as a form of reimbursement after an event or disaster had occurred. All-hazards approach to BC planning is more comprehensive; it includes preparing your organization to encounter or response to all threats and vulnerabilities as they may approach. In other words, you are not planning for specific scenarios; you are preparing your organization regardless of scenarios that it may encounter.

Secondly, all-hazards BC planning is not just a high-level statement of policy. When it comes to BC planning, many organizations tend to be heavy on the policy/regulation yet light on the implementation. BC planning needs to be more action-oriented while at the same time not diminishing the need for clear policy in place.

What it is

All-hazards BC planning means preparing your organization for any disaster scenarios that may occur. It is a proactive approach; not if but when troubles and disasters are coming, your organization should be able to implement comprehensive BC plans. How then should we go about planning all-hazards BC? The most effective approach in BC planning is the plan should be focused on business processes—the dependencies that you need in order to fulfill your task (e.g., key buildings, infrastructures, applications, people, vendors, etc.). The all-hazards BC planning should be designed to help your business continuity when one or many of these dependencies are impacted by disasters.

If good BC plans are in place for the loss of any of these dependencies, then your organization is ready to respond to any event or scenario that it may encounter.