The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires Hammersmith & Fulham Council to maintain plans to ensure it can continue to deliver critical services in the event of an emergency as far as reasonably practicable. It can also prevent escalation, protect against litigation and enhance the school’s standing as a reliable and effective institution, giving confidence to staff, parents and pupils.It is self-evident that a school which has anticipated a major critical incident and laid plans for managing a response and recovery from an incident, is likely to handle the actual event more effectively and confidently.
In general you should be able to organize your functions into four to six essential operations, more if you are a highly complex department or unit.
If your list of functions is long, consider grouping similar activities into a single function.
Your essential operations will serve as your guide for how to restart your operations following a disaster or major disruption.
They help answer the question “What is the minimum level of service or activity my department must offer to still be in business?
Having a sound Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program in place is essential to ensure that in the event of a material business disruption, critical functions are maintained or restored in a timely fashion.
Business Continuity Plan For Schools
The Compli Space BCM program has been built to the Australian Business Continuity Standard 5010, and is designed to minimise the financial, legal, reputational and other consequences arising from a disruption should it occur.Currently funded by Schools Forum for the 2019/2020 financial year as part of the Risk Management Project.Due to this, there are currently no additional charges for this service for individual schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as the Schools Forum allocation fully covers staffing and resources in the Business Continuity Team to deliver this comprehensive service.” By identifying and prioritizing your essential functions, you can determine which personnel, facilities, equipment, and materials are absolutely necessary to keep your department functioning following a disaster or major disruption.One way to determine your essential operations is to look at your department table of organization.In order to become resilient, the risk management planning section outlines threats that may affect the overall operations of the department.The identification and analysis of the risks that may have an adverse effect on departmental functions are important to reduce or eliminate potential hazards.This should help your identify the general functions that you preform.Asking each staff member to make a list of their essential duties and responsibilities is another way to determine your essential operations.Methods used include a ‘phone tree’ (include information or link to file with details); e-mail; instant messaging; web pages; telephones; among others.All faculty and staff should update their personal information (address, phone numbers, etc.) on Pace White Pages.