You don’t have to live in Scotland, UK, to benefit from the new guidance issued by their government in Preparing Scotland. It’s perfectly good practice to take a look and borrow anything that would help your own planning.
It’s a well structured, good-looking guidance that’s logical and easy-to-follow – essential features of any useful document. It’s approach may be useful to anyone seeking ideas to make business continuity plans more user-friendly.
It also has some very good information for anyone in the UK, including concise explanations of Strategic/Tactical/Operational command protocols (often known as Gold/Silver/Bronze), the UK’s Civil Contingencies Act, and the duties of those involved in responding to emergencies.
Issued in March 2012, the document is split into the following sections:
Section 1 – Resilience: Philosophy & Structures
- Definition of resilience
- Purpose of Guidance
- Cat 1 and Cat 2 rsponders
- Integrated Emergency Management
- Management Structures
- Command & Control Co-ordination
- Governance Structures
- Preparation Stage
- Response/Recovery Stage
- Emergency Powers
Section 2 – Mandatory Requirements and Recommended Good Practice
- Assessing risk
- Emergency plans
- Business continuity plans
- Promoting business continuty
- Communicating with the public
- Sharing information
- Other legislation: COMAH, PSR, REPPIR
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