10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #5 Regular Site Visits

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 #5 Take key people on visits to the Emergency Operations Center(EOC) and recovery sites

Taking key people on visits to the recovery sites will familiarise them with the location, the working environment and the facilities available there. Challenge them to choose a different route or a different time of day for each visit or exercise.  This will make route change requirements simpler during an actual emergency. It will also expose time relative traffic issues.

All members of the EOC team should be taken on a tour of your Emergency Operations Center including the executive and the crisis communications team.  The EOC director and back-up should also be given the opportunity to tour the operations center of another organization and speak with experienced EOC directors.

(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)

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