Business Continuity Plan Template Example

This Business Continuity Plan Template was designed to assist you in the development of your Business Continuity Plan Template Example.  This Business Continuity Plan Template Example was developed using the following resources. You are free to edit the Business Continuity Plan Template Example as you see fit. To guide you in your business continuity plan please look over our business continuity checklist. The template recognizes that many small introducing firms rely on parts of a clearing firm’s BCP for many of the mission critical functions of the introducing firm. The template also contains instructions, relevant rules and Web sites, and other resources that are useful for developing a BCP for a small introducing firm.

  • This is an external release of the Connecticut Business Continuity Plan Template Example.
  • For information on the plan or Business Continuity Planning at UC
  • Fortson, Judith. Disaster Planning and Recovery: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1992.
  • Jones, Virginia A. and Kris E. Keyes.  Emergency Management for Records and Information Programs.  Prairie Village, KS: ARMA, 2001.

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Business Continuity Plan Template Example

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Date of Last Review:            <Date>

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Business Continuity Plan Template Example

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Plan Overview….. 3

Purpose: 3

Policy: 3

Scope: 3

Assumptions: 3

Description of <department name>. 4

Location.. 4

Disaster Recovery Strategy…. 4

Plan Activation Authorization: 4

Work at Home: 4

Move to Alternate Location: 4

Plan Activation Triggers: 4

Team Roles and Responsibilities. 5

Pre-disaster Activities: 6

Emergency Identification and Response: 7

Emergency Damage Assessment / Evaluation: 7

Emergency Response Assignments: 8

Alternative / Manual Processes: 9

Post-Emergency Assignments: 9

Communications & Decision-making Protocols: 9

Returning to Normal Operations:. 9

Authorization: 9

Operating Dependencies: 10

Steps to Return to Normal Operation: 10

Plan Maintenance Procedures:. 10

Plan Review and Update Process: 10

Plan Distribution Procedures: 10

Validation Requirements: 11

Recovery Plan Validation History: 11

Additional Documentation:. 12

Location of Disaster Recovery Documentation for Supporting Systems: 12

Location of Supporting Documentation: 12

Plan Update History:. 12

Plan Sign Off… 13

 

 

 

 

Plan Overview

Purpose:

This Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will be updated in response to changes in the business environment.  The <department name> will review the plan at least annually.

 

This document outlines the steps required to operate the <department name> in the event of an unanticipated interruption of normal operations. This document will articulate the triggers for when alternate business processes need to be deployed, the steps to deploy alternate business processes, the methods for verifying that business has been properly restored and ensuring data integrity, and activities for returning to “normal” business processing.

Policy:

This BCP will only be used in situations when it is determined that business impacts and /or business risk requires alternate business processes or locations.

Scope:

This BCP is applicable for the <department name> of the <Company Name>.

Assumptions:

The plan will be implemented if systems are unavailable for 48 hours

 

  • Facilities will provide temporary space for critical staff
  • UITS will provide technical assistance for temporary location
  • Telecommunications will have phone lines available in temporary location
  • Equipment can be rented or otherwise acquired as needed
  • UITS can restore files from the latest off-site backups

 

 

 


Description of <department name>

 

Location

<Company Name>

…, Storrs, CT  06269

 

 

Disaster Recovery Strategy

Plan Activation Authorization:

Identify the people that are authorized to activate the various contingency plans.

 

 

Primary Name & TitleContact DataAlternate NameContact Data
 

 

Work at Home:

If there are functions that could be performed by staff working from home, describe the approach that would be used to implement the move.

 

 

Move to Alternate Location:

If there are functions that could be performed by staff working from an alternate location, describe the approach that would be used to implement the move.

 

 

Plan Activation Triggers:

Describe the criteria that would be used to identify the need to activate one of the various contingency plans.

 

ActionTrigger Criteria
 
 
 

 

Team Roles and Responsibilities

Identify the people responsible for planning, documenting, coordinating, testing, implementing, and maintaining the Business Continuity Plan.  If the size of the organization requires creations of multiple specialized teams, describe the teams and identify the members of each team.

 

TitleNameContact Information

 

 

 

Pre-disaster Activities:

List the tasks that are required on an ongoing basis, to keep the plan current and viable and indicate the person assigned to complete that task.

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Emergency Identification and Response:

List the tasks to be performed upon discovery of a possible emergency event or notification that an emergency event has occurred.

 

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Emergency Damage Assessment / Evaluation:

List the tasks that are required assess the damage caused by an emergency.

 

 

#Task(All completed as quickly as possible after authorization to re-enter the damaged structure.)Assignment
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Emergency Response Assignments:

List the tasks to be performed in the event that a disaster situation has been declared. 

 

 

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Alternative / Manual Processes:

Describe the activities or process steps for each alternative/manual process needed to perform necessary function durin an interruption to normal operations

 

 

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Post-Emergency Assignments:

List the activities to be performed after a disaster event or after a recovery exercise.  The purpose of these is to incorporate “lessons learned” into the business continuity planning process.

 

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Post-Disaster Responsibilities

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Completion

Time

Date/Time Completed

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Communications & Decision-making Protocols:

Describe any communication rules or guidelines that will be used during an emergency.

 

Communications with news organizations will be channeled through the University’s public relations organization.

 

Returning to Normal Operations: 

Authorization:

Identify the people that are authorized to activate plans for returning to normal operations.

 

Primary Name & TitleContact DataAlternate NameContact Data
  
 

Operating Dependencies:

Identify operational dependencies that impact the return to normal operations.  (e.g.   applications, servers, or transaction volumes that must be in place before  processing can resume)

 

 

Steps to Return to Normal Operation:

List the tasks to be performed to return to normal operations. 

 

 

#Task(The plan for the return will be developed with Building & Grounds, but will include the general steps shown.)Assignment
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Plan Maintenance Procedures:

Plan Review and Update Process:

Describe the process for keeping the plan current. 

 

Plan Distribution Procedures:

Describe the process for distributing the plan and/or training people to use its content. 

 

 

Validation Requirements:

Identify frequency and type of testing (tabletop exercises, systems / telephony testing, department recovery tests, functional tests) required for this plan. 

 

 

Recovery Plan Validation History:

Record the history of review/testing/validation activities for the plan.

 

Date:               Type Test / Results:
 
 

 


Additional Documentation:

 

Location of Disaster Recovery Documentation for Supporting Systems:

ApplicationDocument NameLocation
 
 

 

Location of Supporting Documentation:

Document NameLocation
 
 
 
 
 

 

Plan Update History:

DateUpdate Session DetailsRevised By
 
 

 


Plan Sign Off

This document describes the anticipated activities that will be needed to resume or continue business functions in the event of disruption to normal business activities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Director/Department Head/Dean                                                                Date

 

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