Disaster Containment Manager Responsibilities

Michael Herrera

A Disaster Containment Manager personal accountability skills are critical to the recovery of your business. Join us for a look at what their job entails.

The Disaster Containment Manager is in charge of making tough decisions, setting the recovery effort objectives, directing staff toward priorities, and keeping the Recovery Team focused. They are also the primary contact with public emergency services at a disaster site. The following list is Disaster Containment Manager responsibilities:

  • Declaring that a disaster exists and identifying which outside assistance is required including the need to activate an off-site data center.
  • Coordinating with any emergency services onsite to gain access to the site ASAP.
  • Making an initial damage assessment and beginning planning for emergency containment.
  • Selecting a site for the Emergency Operations Center by determining if the primary site is suitable or if a backup site must be activated.
  • Activating the Disaster Recovery Teams, assigning people to either Business Continuity or Business Recovery efforts.
  • Personally ensuring that adequate personnel safeguards are in place.
  • Assigning staff to maintain a 24-hour schedule for containment and recovery.
  • Maintaining the official status of the recovery for executive management.
  • Coordinating incoming material with the materials receiving staff.
  • Coordinating use of skilled trades with the facility engineering management such as from contract labor, electricians, welders, and millwrights.
  • Assessing personnel strengths and weaknesses in terms of knowledge, skill, and performance to balance labor expertise and staffing.
  • Watching for signs of excessive stress and fatigue.
  • Identifying “at-risk” employees, such as those deeply affected by traumatic stress.
  • Designating a backup person to assume the Disaster Containment Manager’s role while they are resting or not on the disaster site.

This list will serve you well whether you’re looking to hire a disaster containment manager or you’re seeking to appoint one for your existing staff. This is a critical part of planning and implementing your Recovery Team, so be sure to look at this person’s leadership qualities, and attention to detail.

About
Michael Herrera is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MHA. In his role, Michael provides global leadership to the entire set of industry practices and horizontal capabilities within MHA. Under his leadership, MHA has become a leading provider of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services to organizations on a global level. He is also the founder of BCMMETRICS, a leading cloud based tool designed to assess business continuity compliance and residual risk. Michael is a well-known and sought after speaker on Business Continuity issues at local and national contingency planner chapter meetings and conferences. Prior to founding MHA, he was a Regional VP for Bank of America, where he was responsible for Business Continuity across the southwest region.