When Eurobodalla Shire Council wanted to kick their business continuity readiness into action – the final step after three years of planning – they looked to Statewide Mutual’s Business Continuity Management (BCM) program to help them test their arrangements.

“The program made our business continuity process a ‘live’ document by putting our senior management team through a series of hypothetical scenarios that threatened our continued operations,” said Jeff Phillips, Council’s Divisional Manager Governance and Information. “It was an extremely useful tool to see how they worked as a team in crisis situations.”

Run over half and full-day sessions, the BCM provides members with an opportunity to test their business continuity arrangements and identify the steps to recover from a business disruption event. Senior management participates in scenario-based interruption exercises. They’re guided through a process of identifying and validating proposed responses to really test their preparedness. This process is followed by a gap analysis assessment and report that includes an action plan for improvement.

The flexible program provides a learning experience to members at any stage of preparation; from considering a plan to having a tried and continuously tested program in place. A disruption event doesn’t wait until you’re ready.

For more information, including how Council can register for the program, please contact Ellie Diaz, Divisional Manager – Public Sector NSW & ACT at Echelon Australia.

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