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A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is the compilation of strategies and detailed steps required, to ensure that an organization can continue to perform its critical business functions while operating in a disaster situation, that is, any event that causes a cessation of normal business functions. The impact of the event is time dependent. As length of the interruption increases, so does the level of response necessary to minimize the impact.

This timeline has resulted in the defining of the three stages of Disaster Response:


These are the immediate and reactionary actions that are done during the unfolding of the disaster. Their purpose is to protect life and property. Once this is accomplished the emergency response is to minimize the time of the business outage. This phase is measured in hours to days.


These activities are carried out to operate the business in a degraded mode. The goal of recovery is to protect business operations at a level sufficient to limit financial risk to acceptable levels, while keeping the firm abreast of the efforts to resume normal business functions. This phase is continued until restoration of the primary facility is complete and when operations there return normal.


This phase runs concurrently with the recovery effort. It involves rebuilding; repairing and reestablishing the business to the level it was prior to the outage.

SPRIG, Ltd. works with your organization to Define, Plan and Implement a Business Continuity Plan that is a blend of technology and alternative processes to assure your business stays in business.

SPRIG, Ltd. Methodology

The groundwork and research required for creating an effective Business Continuity Plan calls for an in-depth understanding of the activities and products that make up The Client's Business. This process must follow the organization, technological and communications structure of the enterprise, whether it is a one man professional practice or an international manufacturer.

The steps of the process:

  1. Consensus winning to get all staff involved.

  2. Business Interruption Probability Analysis to generate a hierarchy of interruptions to prepare for – Power Failure = High Probability; Nuclear Attack = Low Probability.

  3. Discovery to document the products and structures.

  4. Development of a complete components inventory of the People, Places and Things required to run the business.

  5. Business Impact Analysis to understand the cost of business interruptions.

  6. Business Continuity Plan Development:
        Response, Declaration and Recovery.

  7. High Risk Product Analysis to create a hierarchy of the cost of business interruptions.

  8. Business Continuity Plan Testing.

  9. Establish BCP permanent staff Oversight Organization.