The Environment Agency is ramping up its business continuity capability to ensure that critical business activities continue to function in the event of a disruption, such as a flood disaster or back-office systems crash.
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The agency will work with consultancy Garrison Continuity to develop and implement a business continuity management framework over the next six months, to help it respond to emergencies.
Rob Somers, the Environment Agency's project manager, said, “By taking a proactive approach to planning, we will be able to identify critical nodes, build resilience into our operational processes and allocate resources more efficiently.”
The first phase of the project will start with a detailed business impact and risk analysis. The second of two phases will see the plan rolled out across all the agency’s UK regions.
Garrison's clients include the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Transport for London and utility company Severn Trent.