Business continuity – Prevention

Emergencies and crises are unpredictable, but do not have to be entirely unexpected.

As part of proactive activities to build the University’s resilience to adverse events; identification, prevention (as far as practicable) and planned control of emergency or crisis threats is undertaken and documented.

This information is used to inform the development of processes enabling response and management of such events if / when they occur.

The prevention phase is done in accordance with the RMIT risk management framework in four stages:

  1. Identification of emergency threats and risks: information used in emergency response strategies based upon a range of like scenarios.
  2. Identification of crisis threats and risks: information used in crisis response and management strategies based upon a range of like scenarios and aligned with emergency threats.
  3. Documentation of threats and agreed controls – both in the enterprise risk register and relevant threat response strategies within re-developed overarching emergency and crisis management plans.
  4. Utilization of threat scenarios and response strategies to form part of local business continuity plans, particularly with regard to:
      • Business impact assessments on local critical activities, equipment or facilities;
      • Inclusion in local response strategies; and
      • Feedback relating to formerly unidentified threats or scenarios.

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