Many of those without the necessary resources and BC planning capabilities have unwisely adopted the “wait-and-hope” approach.
For organizations located in regions previously affected by the Several Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, a good and logical point for any organization to start is with the review of its Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) contingency or BC plan.
However, the recent developments and discoveries about the virus provide some clues as to what we can expect.
World Health Organization has warned that the risk of the avian flu becoming a human influenza pandemic is high.
The key challenge in the preparatory process is the synchronization of the business continuity plan and procedures with the World Health Organization’s and the local health ministry’s pandemic alert phases.
Several probable outbreak situations, and several more possible variations in responses to them, makes the planning process one of the most complicated challenges facing business continuity professionals.
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.
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.