The terrorist attack at the heart of Britain’s democracy, in Westminster on Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 was a tragic loss of innocent lives. Alongside these sad losses were people with varying degrees of traumatic physical injury and untold numbers who might be suffering mental trauma from what they saw or experienced. This terrible modus operandi has been deployed with similar outcomes in Nice and Berlin. It is an easy way for Da’esh and associated terrorist organisations to deliver wide ranging impact to the citizens without the need to smuggle in weapons or to have the technical knowledge to create a ‘dirty bomb’. To this end, we should be prepared for more attacks of similar guise.
These ‘human factors’ should be considered when creating your business continuity plan (BCP). Continuancy Limited recommends that the BCP should always address the effect rather than the cause and in the cases referred to above, the effect is the permanent, long, short term and immediate reduction in staffing to deliver business as usual. The causes of this may be:
Each of the four bullet points has a multitude of sub-complications within them that would adversely affect those caught up in the atrocity. This blog is focussing on a period of time in excess of a month and potentially up to one year when setting out some considerations.
Building in these ten points into your BCP will ensure the HR, Ops and Fin teams are well placed to roll out the plan at very short notice – the usual playing field for business continuity management.
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