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Determining the Need for Additional Teams

Recall the table from last month (shown below). Each department, depending on the size and scope of the disaster, may have a role in the recovery effort. If you do not have a formal team, consider the need for the functions described below as they relate to your organization.

Suggestions for Teams

If need be, some teams can perform double duty. For example, Risk Management can be combined with Internal Audit or Finance; or there could be a Risk, Audit, and Finance team.

Since no two organizations are exactly alike, it is natural that no two recovery plans are exactly alike. Find out what is right for your organization and then assign responsible teams accordingly. Once you have decided on how to break up the tasks, and what teams you will use, the information that follows in the chart below might assist you in the thought process of what function each team might undertake.

Support Function

Recovery Headquarters

Affected Site

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

X

 

FACILITIES

X

X

FINANCE

X

 

RISK MANAGEMENT

X

 

INTERNAL AUDIT

X

 

LABOR RELATIONS

X

 

LEGAL

X

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

X

X

OFFICE SERVICES

 

 

MAIL SERVICES

X

 

SECURITY

X

X

SHIPPING & RECEIVING

X

X

MEDICAL

X

X

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

X

X

PURCHASING

X

 

TRANSPORTATION

X

 

Reprinted with permission from Leo Wrobel’s upcoming new book, Business Resumption Planning Second Edition, coming soon (summer 2007). (Preorder now at Amazon.com or your favorite bookstore.) ©2007 Taylor Publishing, New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.
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