Easy to Navigate, Automatic Table of Contents
Finding your way around your new plan is simple.
We’ve included a table-of-contents and table-of-figures that is linked to all the headings and images within the template.
So, once you’ve made your changes to the template simply right-click the table-of-contents and select ‘update table’ and it’s ready to go…simple and easy!
Scope and Crisis Timeline
‘A picture says a thousand words’ – we’ve included diagrams in all the important parts of the template.
The timeline diagram helps eliminate problems that can develop if key elements and concepts of the plan are buried in pages & pages of text.
We hope you never have to go through an actual disaster, but if you do, you can rest easy knowing that your plan is concise and easy to follow.
Key Contacts Section
Easily the most important part of the plan – the contact details section.
This is the part of the plan that contains all the contact information of all people and suppliers involved in activating or testing your plan.
We’ve broken the contacts section in to logical areas to help you capture all the key participants.
To help simplify using the plan in an emergency, and also when keeping your plan up to date, all of the contact details are located in one easy to find section.
In an emergency you don’t want to be wasting valuable time trying to decide who is going to what!
We’ve include multiple action lists for all the normal parts of most business (Management, Finance, Operations, Sales, Facilities etc)
The action lists include details of the task to be completed, who is responsible for the task, what resources are required to complete the task, and how long the specific task expected to take.
Who’s in charge? That’s a key question you need to be able to immediately answer in an emergency.
The template includes organizational charts for your recovery and continuity teams.
It’s rare that all the position in a company are required during an emergency. Here you’ll find all the key positions and suggested alternatives if the primary person is not available.
Detailed & Concise Process maps
So how do all the actions and tasks fit together?
We’ve included detailed process maps that clearly illustrate all the steps, decision points, inputs and outputs that are typical in recovery and continuity operations.
So what happens after the dust settles?
Resumption planning is the process that takes place after after you’ve recovered your critical business operations.
Resumption planning is what takes place in order to resume business-as-usual activities.
Resumption planning is required by most auditing standards worldwide.
Communicating the Plan
Any plan is useless if no one knows it exists!
We’ve included this handy Microsoft Power Point presentation that will enable you to present the key parts of the plan to any audience.
It comes with easy to follow notes to let you talk through the presentation or you can even publish the presentation on your company Intranet.
FREE BONUS #1
Practice makes perfect! We remember what it was like running disaster recovery and business continuity exercises and tests for the first few times, that’s why we created this template.
This template is packed full of tasks for even the most comprehensive exercise or test, and whatever parts you don’t need, just simply delete them!
More information about testing and exercising can be found here
FREE BONUS #2
What is really important to your business?
This questionnaire demystifies all the facets of conducting a Business Impact Analysis. It guides you through the normally complicated task of extracting the right information when determining appropriate recovery objectives for your business. More info
FREE BONUS #3
What is really important to your business?
This assessment will guide you through the normally complicated task of clearly understanding, and documenting the risks to
your business and also assist you determine appropriate control and mitigation measures. More info
More information about conducting threat & risk assessments can be found here
FREE BONUS #4
In view of the threat posed by the Swine Flu virus the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends urgent action be taken.
This documents sets out the activities that should be undertaken to help prepare for this and the next influenza pandemic. More info
FREE BONUS #5
Exercising and testing your plan is the best way to make sure it will perform as expected in in an actual disaster. Because most businesses never stop, it can difficult to arrange live simulations
This template provides you the information and framework to easily and simply conduct desktop walkthroughs of your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. More info