In many cases an organization does not consider the disasters that threaten them on a daily basis. It would be in each planner’s best interest to focus on regional threats that are most prone to your areas first. As a planner you should consider three specific high-level areas when discovering potential threats. Disasters fall into three general categories:
- Natural hazards include weather problems in both hot and cold climates as well as geological hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruption, and land shifting.
- Human-caused hazards can be accidental or intentional. Some intentional human-caused hazards fall under the category of terrorism; some are less severe and may be criminal or unethical acts. They can also include cyber attacks, rioting, protests, product tampering, bombs, explosions, and terrorism, to name a few.
- Accidents and technological hazards include such issues as transportation accidents and failures, infrastructure failures and hazardous material accidents.
This list of threats is not exhaustive and is important that you evaluate your company’s business operations, geographical locations, and other factors to assess potential risks and disasters that may occur where your business operates. Remember that BC/DR planning should involve people across your organization and that includes various locations.