This is where having a paper system or a paper copy of the online plan is critical. We rely very heavily on technology, but it only takes one gust of 75+ MPH wind to bring this all to a standstill and knock up back to 1940’s style communication. So if there was no power and no communication via cell or via landline, what would have been the value of a paper BCP? Here are some answers which a paper BCP could have enabled:
- Team communications – specify a meeting place for local individuals in the event of an emergency.
- Radio communications – identify HAM radio operators prior to a disaster and set up an emergency communications plan ready to activate.
- Critical information – copies of business critical information for key individuals.
- Transportation – maps to remote locations away from the disaster area.
- Back up sites - Addresses of alternate work areas.
- Recovery plan and list of supplies needed for restarting key operations.
- Satellite phone numbers for key individuals.
Check out more detailed responses from a survey published asking about the importance of paper vs. online business continuity plans – very honest and informative: