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CBI swine flu seminar - Hugh Morris - Pandemic Resiliance Planning


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Presentation by Hugh Morris, principal consultant, pandemic planning and business continuity management, Marsh Risk Consulting, at the CBI swine flu seminar. Friday 4 September 2009.

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CBI swine flu seminar - Hugh Morris - Pandemic Resiliance Planning

  1. 1. Pandemic Resilience Planning ‘ The Basics’ 4 th September 2009 Hugh Morris MBCI Principal Consultant, Pandemic Planning and Business Continuity Management
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Pandemic Resilience vs Business Continuity Management </li></ul><ul><li>Issues and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>How to begin to plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before you start </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to include </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Pandemic Resilience vs. Business Continuity Management What are the similarities and the differences? <ul><li>Very similar thought processes and types of plans, but there are some differences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Traditional’ BCM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Response plans for unplanned events, usually single occurrence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically focussed on lack of physical resources / denial of access to specific locations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Usually a limited geographical impact </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pandemic resilience planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An event that will happen or is already happening, and can happen on a number of occasions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focussed on temporary lack of human resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A large geographical impact, including global supply chains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Potentially constraints placed on activities by external bodies (e.g. national governments) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Issues and challenges <ul><li>We don’t have a risk management / BCM function </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning can be driven through various functions, often either: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health, Safety & Environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning should be carried out ahead of time, but when? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to keep pace with a moving target </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We don’t know the likelihood or scale, so what do we plan for? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volume of information, possibly conflicting (from the media?) </li></ul><ul><li>Virulence and spread </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will the virus (or mutation) look like and who will be affected? Where do we begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apathy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We weren’t badly affected last time, so what’s the problem? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How to begin to plan Before you start <ul><li>What are you planning for? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you trying to achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>What support is needed from senior management? </li></ul><ul><li>Who needs to be involved? </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to begin to plan What to include <ul><li>Possible need to alter policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absenteeism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working hours (flexibility) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Corporate’ activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting the overall business strategy in a pandemic situation, including the planning assumptions for the business units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications (internally and externally, before, during and after) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate support (e.g. occupational health arrangements, emotional support) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment and protection (e.g. cleaning regimes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance on personal responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Business unit’ activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop ‘Pandemic Continuity Plan’ </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How to begin to plan Pandemic Continuity Planning <ul><li>What is the impact on the business when a pandemic situation develops? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the impact on your clients / customers, and the demand on your services / products? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the business’ priorities, and are they any different from those identified in any ‘traditional’ business continuity management? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you continue critical business activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are your key suppliers, and what are the implications for your business in the event of a supplier reducing capacity due to a pandemic situation? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you document your plan? </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to begin to plan Suggested contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scope, definitions, objectives, executive summary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning activities pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic </li></ul><ul><li>Critical business processes and target recovery times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Details of prioritised business activities, impacts of unavailability of percentages of staff and / or key individuals, and strategies and solutions for continuance of these activities (including solutions for impacts on your supply chain) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List of key staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What workarounds are required for unavailability of key staff (either categories or individuals), e.g. cross-training, temporary staff, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What next? You now have a plan <ul><li>How do you know the plan will work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review by key stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tests / exercises </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you keep the plan up to date? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign responsibility for monitoring the situation and updating the plan with latest guidance from government and other bodies </li></ul></ul>
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