There are numerous reasons why power outages occur, ranging from natural disasters to rolling blackouts. For the general population, short-term power outages typically become an inconvenience rather than a problem. However, if vital business operations are affected by the loss of power, the financial bottom line can be affected. Companies need to become aware of their essential back-up equipment in order to sustain continuity of operations and not be caught off guard if an incident were to occur.
The process of business continuity planning should include identifying the equipment necessary to sustain business operations. Factors to consider for business survival are complex and extend well beyond first glance analyses. Being prepared for business interruption involves analysis of every aspect of the organization’s management and business processes. Companies need to position themselves with the proper equipment to survive long-term dramatic disasters, as well as smaller, isolated incidents that affect daily continuity of operations.
Some equipment consideration when conducting business continuity planning include, but are not limited to:
- Generators and necessary fuels
- Portable Heating and Cooling units
- Portable toilets
- Off-site data storage
- Charged batteries for radios/laptops/cell phones
- Applicable Personal protective equipment (gloves, specialized clothing, safety glasses)
- Site-specific equipment (chainsaw, hand tools, self contained breathing apparatus )
- Emergency Medical supplies
- Availability of equipment to hire or lease on short notice
- Back up suppliers
Facility emergency managers should ensure pre-identified critical business units have the necessary equipment to be a functional department in case the unthinkable does occur. This will prevent unnecessary downtime and additional recovery efforts.
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