Identify which business functions or other organizational functions must be restored within 30 days. These are your essential functions.

  • Review your business plan, standard operating procedures, organizational charter and mission statement to determine which business functions cannot be suspended for more than 30 days. Then identify those that must be restored within 12 hours in order for your business to continue.

  • Review employee job descriptions to determine which human capital are critical to support the functions you identified above.

  • Determine which clients (and client information), inventory, and infrastructure are critical for the continued operation of your business.

  • Establish which information technologies and vital records are critical for continued operations.

You have now identified the essential business functions you need to sustain your business in a disaster.