When Disaster Strikes- Contingency Planning


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Course Number: V16R



None of us wants to think about a disaster striking our business or major project. However, every business large or small, needs a business continuity plan to help recover quickly and efficiently from disasters that may occur. Contingency Planning is for anyone in technical, project management, leadership or general management positions; but can be especially beneficial to those who are responsible for project, process or general business management since all of these positions involve being prepared for potential disasters or disruptions.

Businesses (and Project Managers) need a detailed plan for continuing to operate in the event of a catastrophe such as a fire, an extended utility outage, catastrophic equipment failures, severe weather, natural disaster, terrorist attack, active shooter or other disastrous situations. A contingency plan or business continuity plan includes an emergency plan with detailed execution steps and responsibilities identified.

Potential issues must be identified and action plans developed before an emergency situation occurs. Unfortunately, it is too late once the event has happened! Most businesses today have only rudimentary emergency plans for evacuations, etc. but do not have the necessary contingency or business recovery plans in place.

Having such a plan could not only save your business or major project, it could make you the supplier of choice for certain customers since they know you have plans in place to meet their needs in the event of a disaster.

Contingency Planning is intended to provide practical information that will enable you and your organization develop and implement an effective contingency plan that helps you:

  1. Identify potential disasters that could affect your operations or major project.
  2. Identify the key people and their responsibilities in assessment and recovery phases
  3. Know the business systems that must be recovered and how they will recovered
  4. Establish communications processes internally and externally.
  5. Specify how you will continue to operate or get back in operations
  6. Know what will be done to provide customer support during disruptions
  7. Create checklists and detailed execution plans

Contingency Planning is a practical course that uses real world examples. It is intended to provide an understanding of contingency planning by looking into several scenarios that could lead to business disruptions and how to mitigate those potential risks. This class can provide the tools for developing your contingency plan, and hope that the plan you develop is never used!

The instructor for Contingency Planning has over three decades of real world experience with clients on 3 continents and in 35 states. He uses a practical approach based on ‘real world’ experiences.

The learning objectives are for participants to:

  1. Review the basic concepts of risk management
  2. Know the steps for creating a contingency plan that makes sense
  3. Be able to create a comprehensive contingency plan for your business or project
  4. Help you prepare should disaster strike

**Does not meet the criteria for CE credit in New York State

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Course Length: 1 Hours, ( 0. 1CEUs or 1PDHs or 1CPCs )

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