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Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery Solutions


Business Continuity Plan (BCP) consists of the five component plans:


  • Business Resumption Plan

  • Occupant Emergency Plan

  • Continuity of Operations Plan

  • Incident Management Plan

  • Disaster Recovery Plan

  • Off-Site DR

Powerhouse Systems offer a wide range of technology to do just that!

According to the data, there were a total of 91 natural disasters in the United States in 2016, resulting in $23.8 billion in insured losses. That’s up from the $16.1 billion calculated in 2015.

  • Severe thunderstorms accounted for the highest number of catastrophes at 43, costing businesses $14 billion in insured losses.

  • A total of 19 floods and flash floods resulted in $4.3 billion in insured losses.

  • A total of 18 wildfires, heat waves, and other heat-related events resulted in $1 billion insured losses.

  • A total of seven winter storms and cold spells resulted in $1 billion in insured losses.

  • Although there were only two tropical cyclones in 2016, the damage was severe enough to cause $3.5 billion in insured losses.

Also according to the Insurance Information Institute, the first quarter of 2017 was the costliest first quarter in terms of insurance losses in 20 years (when the 1994 California earthquake occurred). With a bad wildfire season in the Western United States and devastating hurricanes in the Southeast, the second and third quarters will be costly too.

Despite their frequency, natural catastrophes aren’t the only disasters you have to worry about. Natural disasters represent only a fraction of total data loss across the board. The rest is attributed to instances such as data corruption, system failure, and human error. In fact, hardware failure is responsible for half the downtime that small to midsize businesses experience.

Business Impact Analysis



  • Are you ready for a disaster on any kind? 

  • Program Administration Define the scope, objectives, and assumptions of the business continuity plan.

  • Business Continuity Organization Define the roles and responsibilities for team members. Identify the lines of authority, succession of management, and delegation of authority. Address interaction with external organizations including contractors and vendors.

  • Insert results of Business Impact Analysis

  • Identify Recovery Time Objectives for business processes and information technology

  • Identify Recovery Point Objective for data restoration Business Continuity Strategies & Requirements

  • Insert detailed procedures, resource requirements, and logistics for execution of all recovery strategies

  • Insert detailed procedures, resource requirements, and logistics for relocation to alternate work sites 

  • Insert detailed procedures, resource requirements, and data restoration plan for the recovery of information technology (networks and required connectivity, servers, desktop/laptops, wireless devices, applications, and data)









Business Continuity Plan


Manual Workarounds • Document all forms and resource requirements for all

manual workarounds Incident Management Define procedures:

  • Incident detection and reporting

  •  Alerting and notifications

  • Business continuity plan activation

  • Emergency operations center activation

  • Damage assessment (coordination with emergency response plan) and situation analysis

  • Development and approval of an incident action plan Training, Testing & Exercising

  • Training curriculum for business continuity team members • Testing schedule, procedures, and forms for business recovery strategies and information technology recovery strategies

  • Orientation, tabletop, and full-scale exercises Program Maintenance and Improvement

  • Schedule, triggers, and assignments for the periodic review of the business continuity and IT disaster recovery plan

  • Details of corrective action program to address deficiencies


References to Related Policies & Procedures

  • Emergency Response Plan

  • Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan (if not included in the business continuity plan)

  • Crisis Communications Plan • Employee Assistance Plan

Plan Distribution & Access


The Plan will be distributed to members of the business continuity team and management. A master copy of the document should be maintained by the business continuity team leader. Provide print copies of this plan within the room designated as the emergency operations center (EOC). Multiple copies should be stored within the EOC to ensure that team members can quickly review roles, responsibilities, tasks, and reference information when the team is activated. An electronic copy of this plan should be stored on a secure and accessible website that would allow team member access if company servers are down. Electronic copies should also be stored on a secure USB flash drive for printing on demand.

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