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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.

November 2016 - Scenario 11


A neighboring company is constructing a new parking facility for its employees. While digging, the contractors have hit the main water line that enters your facility, resulting in the water being turned off to your building.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you react?
  2. Is their local, state or federal regulations that would require to you shut down your facility due to a water outage?
  3. Do you have a relationship with the local water department?
  4. Do you have agreements to obtain potable water, if needed?
  5. How long can you continue operations without water?

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