*CONTINUITY PLANNING: A SURVIVAL STRATEGY*
We need to be grateful to computers for teaching us the concept of continuity plans. Failed computer systems have taught us to always have a back up should in case a temporary or permanent fault happens to our computer systems. This has developed to what we now know today as Continuity Plans.
Continuity Plans are simply contingency plans but mostly specific to natural or artificial disasters.
The real objective is to keep you surviving (through a Personal Continuity Plan) or keep your business running (through a Business Continuity Plan).
Business Continuity Planning is the process of creating systems of prevention and recovery to deal with potential threats to a company and the goal is to enable ongoing operations before and during execution of disaster recovery.(Wikipedia, 2020).
But due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic we all are experiencing, I will focus on Personal Continuity Planning.
Unlike some businesses that do Business Continuity Planning, most consumers don't do Personal Continuity Planning. Most consumers don't bother to do them unless they are forced by a compelling legislation or after experiencing a life changing incident like COVID-19. Even with the highest levels of education, people won’t pay attention unless the perceived consequences of not doing so are personal, immediate and certain.
In the past few weeks, we have seen how COVID-19 has posed a threat to travel, work, healthcare, food, education and security (the basic amenities for survival).
An information reached me of an individual who had a very good disaster plan. He briefed his neighbours in detail on how to respond to most major disasters affecting their property like fire, flooding, earthquake or even theft. This was amazing to me.
In case a fire incident happens at your residence or a robbery incident (one million boys), or you lost your job unexpectedly (I guess your response right now would be "God forbid" ?), but if it does happen, how would you continue to survive and not have a major setback?
Some Personal Continuity Plans may be useful in the short term, while others are meant for long term gains. Either way, its important you start taking them seriously and one at a time.
For a start, it might be as simple as getting a fire extinguisher for your house, start a savings or investment plan, setting up a solar power system or getting a relevant insurance policy and you build on these plans by taking them one at a time. Planning is key.
Post COVID-19, we should be prepared for more power outages, travel disruptions, possible petrol and gas shortages, reduced access to healthcare services that may come at a premium, and more virtual/online interactions.
Planning for some of these disasters may depend on the legislation or peculiarity of the locality/country you reside.
Conclusion: Let's start planning for the continuity of our survival.
*Ibrahim A. Adejumo*