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The purpose of the Take 5 business continuity discussion topics is to engage employees and colleagues on your company's plan(s) to respond to potentially critical situations.  Take 5 minutes, once a month, to present the situation and gather the responses. These quick discussions can happen during a morning meeting, at the water cooler, during weekly correspondence via e-mail, or virtually anywhere.  Engage your employees on your organization's business continuity planning efforts and how they would respond to an emergency situation.

Make sure to check back each month as we will be releasing a new situation to discuss, or become a Partner of Safeguard Iowa and receive our Collaborative Corner.  Each month, the Take 5 discussion topic will be released within the newsletter.

February 2016 - Scenario 2


A chemical explosion at a neighboring business has resulted in all access routes to your facility being closed or blocked. Your employees are turned away by law enforcement as they attempt to get to work. The telephone lines are becoming overwhelmed due to these customers and employees calling in to inquire about next steps.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you react?
  2. Does your company have an emergency contact list for all employees or a way to provide your employees with emergency notifications?
  3. Have you identified critical employees? Do critical employees have a way to work from alternate locations?
  4. Have you identified redundant facilities to continue your companies core operations?

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