10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #4 Drills and Inspections

Now your organization has a thoroughly researched, well written business continuity plan sleeping on a shelf somewhere. Time to get the word out!  All employees need to be aware of their role in the plan.  The various team members need to be given some training before they can start to exercise the plan.

Tip #4 Involve business continuity teams in drills and inspections

Fire drill evacuations are a great time to provide regular employees with additional information on disaster preparedness, emergency response and business continuity. Take advantage of their free time as they mill about the parking lot. It will provide you with an audience already thinking about emergency response and business continuity.

Take fire drills one step further for your emergency response teams and exercise the plan. Instead of a table top exercise try a trunk top exercise or have a team travel to your Emergency Operations Center and perform a set-up.

The BCP coordinator and damage assessment teams may be present for inspections. A third-party inspector can be questioned on the type of damage the team should look out for during specific types of events, such as floods and fire.  They may also be offered advice on the type of information claims adjusters will be looking for.

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice Seven – Awareness and Training Programs DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

‘When planning for war, I have always found plans to be useless, but planning to be invaluable.’ General Eisenhower

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