Life moves pretty fast. One moment you’re taking your new roller skates out for a spin, and the next you’re laying flat on the ground. Ferris Bueller urged a generation to stop and look around. He warned we could miss it or, in my case, find yourself with a broken shoulder two months into your new job.
New to the business continuity industry, I did what any budding novice would do: I assessed my risks before lacing up my brand-new skates. Despite being overconfident in my ability to quickly adapt, I knew the likelihood of eating pavement was high. Thanks to a generous birthday gift from my team, I bought a set of wrist, elbow, and knee pads. With no time to watch tutorial videos, I was prepared for the worst and ready to hit the road.
Thinking ahead, predicting what may go wrong, and doing your best to prevent injurious events from happening gives you the best chance of continuing to deliver your key services during a crisis. Although I thought ahead by gathering the necessary safety equipment, I did not foresee losing the function of my arm for 10 weeks. (I went 25 years without ever breaking a bone!)
Incidents can happen at any time, anywhere, and it’s important to have continuity strategies in place. When building out your own “Loss of Arm” recovery strategies and looking at your continuity responses, consider these three stages of an incident.
Life does move pretty fast, but we move faster when we’re prepared with continuity strategies. If you’re thinking about channeling your inner Bueller, it’s okay to take a moment to prepare yourself for success. The only thing you’ll miss is breaking one of your bones!
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