This paper discusses about the pertinent aspects of pandemic flu business continuity (BC) planning.
In the last two years, there is an increase in organizations preparing themselves for the possible influenza (flu) pandemic outbreak.
Provided that the continued operation of key infrastructure (data centers, networks and systems) is accorded highest priority, the major problem is one of managing the people resources.
During an outbreak, one part of the world may be mildly affected; but, their operations may still be impacted if their suppliers are in other countries that are seriously affected by the outbreak.
The concepts and approach contained in this paper does not follow the conventional BC planning methodology.
It has been specially designed as a fast track planning approach to help organizations prepare against the impending pandemic flu threat.There are two possible levels of disruptions: short and medium term, and long term.In Figure 3, these assumptions are depicted as business disruption scenarios.However, but the pandemic flu BC plan focuses on denial of access to facilities, and loss of key people.Hence, the assumptions to cope with a pandemic BC planning are very different.The key disaster scenario should be based on the worst-case situation – occurring at the most vulnerable time; resulting in damages and losses of the most severe magnitude, like total loss of information, physical infrastructure and equipment.The traditional BC planning focuses on denial of access to facilities.Contingency planning is the process of developing advance arrangements and procedures that enable organizations to respond to events happening by chance or to unforeseen circumstances.Business continuity planning is the process of developing advance arrangements and procedures that enable an organization to respond to an event in such a manner that critical business functions continue without interruption or essential change.Most governments throughout the world have and will continue to take necessary precautionary measures and update their pandemic flu BC and/or preparedness plans.Planning for the unthinkable pandemic flu may appear to be a humongous and complex set of tasks.