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The purpose of the Take 5 business continuity discussion topics is to engage employees and colleagues on your company's plan(s) to respond to potentially critical situations.  Take 5 minutes, once a month, to present the situation and gather the responses. These quick discussions can happen during a morning meeting, at the water cooler, during weekly correspondence via e-mail, or virtually anywhere.  Engage your employees on your organization's business continuity planning efforts and how they would respond to an emergency situation.

Make sure to check back each month as we will be releasing a new situation to discuss, or become a Partner of Safeguard Iowa and receive our Collaborative Corner.  Each month, the Take 5 discussion topic will be released within the newsletter.

January 2016 - Scenario 1

Loss of Power:

The workday has started at 8:00 AM and all employees have reported to work to begin their daily activities. Across the street, there is a new corporate facility being built with lots of activity due to construction crews coming and going.  At 9:15 AM, your facility goes dark and everything within your facility comes to a halt. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you react? 
  2. Who do you need to report this information to? 
  3. Do you have relationships built with the local power company?
  4. Do you have relationships or contact information for your neighboring businesses?
  5. Is there anything within your facility that would need urgent attention?
  6. Is there anything critical to your mission/job duties that would be impacted due to the loss of power?


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