This includes when the event happens and for how long it occurs For example a

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This includes when the event happens, and for how long it occurs. For example, a retail small business might be impacted by a severe winter storm that stops your store from receiving goods during the holiday season. While this is a short-term issue, the timing might have a significant impact on the business as it will decrease or interrupt sales. In another example, a severe summer storm could have a significant impact on a non-profit that facilitates summer programs for children. To the greatest extent possible, organizations should use this analysis to quantify the overall impact on the organization to help identify strategies to return to normal. A tool to help facilitate conducting a BIA can be found on ( df ). Plan for Continuity of Operations Within Your Organization Continuity of Operations (COOP) is defined as activities that occur to help the essential functions of an organization continue. When a disaster happens, the day-to-day operations of the organization can be interrupted. COOP planning helps ensure that, when those interruptions occur, the organization can still continue to provide the goods and services it needs to and that the organization can more quickly recover. A COOP plan is designed to address three types of disruptions: Denial of access to a facility / building damage
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Page 10 of 31 Reduced workforce Equipment or systems failure A COOP plan will help your organization develop work around strategies when facilities, employees, or systems are impacted by a disaster. When developing your organization’s COOP plan, it is imperative that the following planning considerations are addressed: Identify your organization’s essential functions. Essential functions are those functions that enable your organization to remain operational and provide services in times of an emergency. If you are a private sector manufacturing organization, essential functions might include your physical location, equipment, and the technology necessary to operate that equipment. If you are a faith-based organization, essential functions might include the physical location, assets and furniture, and key staff. Establish delegations of authority. Delegations of authority specify who is authorized to make decisions or act on behalf of senior leaders within the organization. Delegations are used for specific purposes during emergencies and may require legal and/or board review. This includes how your organization will delegate the authority required to fulfill organizational key activities such as payroll and signing checks and hiring and firing employees. Determine orders of succession. Orders of succession are an essential part of your organization’s ability to ensure that your employees know who assumes the authority and responsibility for leadership positions within the organization if current leadership is
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