There is an explosion in your city, and it turns out that a building near yours has had a gas leak and explosion. Law enforcement has responded, and they have shut down portions of mass transit, closed streets, and put buildings on lockdown.
You might think: How does this scenario fit in with my business continuity plan or my business impact analysis? It might not if the lockdown lasts for an hour or so. But what if your employees can’t get to work that day because transit and streets are closed? You might lose an entire day of business because of this. If your business is small, maybe one lost day isn’t a big deal to you. More likely though, an entire day of lost business will deal a blow to your company.
What if the explosion was terrorism related? What if city officials tell you that you can’t move back in to your building for a few days or a few weeks?
A scenario involving city lockdown (or even major disruption on public transport) is something you might want to consider for your business impact analysis or business continuity plan.
If employees can’t get to work because the city is on lockdown, it probably doesn’t mean that they can’t work from home. Don’t simply give everyone a free pass because of something beyond your control that doesn’t even directly affect your building or company. If you have contingencies in place in your business continuity plan and your business impact analysis for events like this, you won’t be scrambling trying to keep your business going in a situation like this.
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