A succession plan is an important step to defining how you can implement your emergency plan effectively. Your succession plan should allow you to respond quickly and confidently in case leadership or vital staff members are unavailable to perform their essential functions during a disaster. It is important that your organizations leadership, including your management team or Board of Directors, be aware of your succession plan.

Identify what authorities are held by your key personnel. Can they sign checks, hire and fire employees, or enter into contracts? If so, make sure that the person who will replace them in the succession plan is able and prepared to take on those authorities.

Identify your line of succession by utilizing your organization and include this in your formal emergency response plan.