Facility Management and Business Continuity
February 22, 2017 - As a facility manager, you have a lot on your plate every day. You have to be a combination juggler, enforcer, and clairvoyant among other things. When it comes to business continuity, your list of roles increases yet again. Facility management and business continuity have a lot of synergy, and you have a part in both. We hope this week's articles can help make your job(s) a bit easier and provide some ideas on how you can work to improve the business continuity of your organization.
Potentially, there are many roles for facilities management to support the business continuity program. By involving facility management in the BC planning process, BC professionals can strengthen their programs. Here are some ways to incorporate facility managers into that process.
Many Facilities Management (FM) departments are often excluded from the BC planning process, either because BIA surveys skew a focus toward IT dependencies and financial impacts, or because Recovery strategies lean toward alternate site configurations (under the assumption that a damaged facility will be a total loss). Both of these perspectives ignore the fact that 'total loss' of a facility almost never occurs.
The report, "High Stakes Business: People, Property and Services," which draws on data gathered at multiple IFMA Emergency Planning and Business Continuity research forums and the IFMA 2014 Business Continuity Survey, makes a strong business case for the importance of practicing emergency preparedness/business continuity planning and provides a step-by-step guide to do so effectively.
Headlines over the past several years have put emergency preparedness and response at the top of priority lists in institutional and commercial facilities. Obviously, emergencies and disasters are unpredictable. So adequate anticipation, proper preparation and effective response can be daunting challenges for maintenance and engineering managers.
Weather-related events, as well as more gradual results of climate change, are wreaking havoc on facilities across the country. While these extreme weather events are expected to increase, the good news is that there are things you can do now to mitigate their impact on your facility and ensure business continuity.
Whether it's Occupy Wall Street, union strikers, animal rights activists, an agitated student body, or complications during elections, public demonstrations are bringing emotional hordes to city streets across the nation. Whether unexpected or anticipated, these protesters are a unique security challenge for commercial properties. Learn how to plan for demonstrations before your building is overwhelmed by a crowd.
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