What is BCM?
- BCM is a management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten the normal functioning of an organisation
- provides a framework for building resilience and recovery to safeguard the interests of staff, customers and reputation
How can BCM Plans help?
- a plan will identify individual roles and responsibilities, including who makes decisions
- it will show what functions must be maintained to keep the business going
- it will prioritise which functions must be reinstated first and the resources needed
- it will help businesses continue during a disruption and recover quickly
BCM in the City of Wolverhampton Council
The council has a corporate BCM plan in place with supporting departmental plans. The BCM plans are invoked if either:
- the incident causes service disruption requiring the BCM plans to be activated
- the incident is a council incident which causes service disruption requiring a BCM response
What risks are considered?
The following generic risks should be considered:
- large-scale temporary absence of staff
- permanent or long-term loss of staff
- denial of site or geographical area
- severe weather
- loss of mains electricity
- loss of IT
- disruption to transport
- loss of mains water and sewerage
- loss of availability of oil and fuel
- loss of telephone/ mobile telephone communications
The government encourages all organisations to have a clear understanding of Business Continuity Management and has published the Business Continuity Guide for Dummies in association with the Business Continuity Institutes and Emergency Planning Society.