Do 1 Thing: Business & Essential Business Functions

A lot happens in your business every day. Some activities can be suspended and some can’t. Prioritize which business functions are critical to the continued operation of your business in a disaster. Identify what functions can be delayed (and for how long) and what can be deferred in the event of a potential disaster. This is the foundation of your business continuity plan.

Identify which bus-iness functions or other organizational functions must be restored within 30 days. These will become your essential functions.

Review your business plan, standard operating procedures, organizational charter and mission statement to determine which business functions cannot be suspended for more than 30 days. Then identify those that must be restored within 12 hours in order for your business to continue.

Review employee job descriptions to determine which human capital are critical to support the functions you identified above.

Determine which clients (and client information), inventory, and infrastructure are critical for the continued operation of your business.

Establish which infor-mation technologies and vital records are critical for continued operations.


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