Business Continuity Planning
Business Continuity Section Role
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Business Continuity Section promotes and assists in the development, validation and maintenance of government department business continuity plans and provides consultation for the development of mitigatuion measures and response strategies for individual and multi-department business disruptions.
Business continuity plans ensure the continued availability of essential services, operations and programs, including all applicable resources. These plans are activated during, or immediately after an emergency or disruption and are aimed at permitting the rapid and cost effective resumption of critical functions.
Business Continuity Programs will extend the necessary expertise and resources to all ministries of the Government of Alberta. The Program is guided by the Emergency Management Act:
Section 2(d) and (f) of the Government Emergency Management Regulation states:
"(The Agency shall) in consultation with departments, develop, implement and maintain a business continuity plan to be known as the Government of Alberta Business Continuity Plan, and (require departments, in consultation with the Agency) to prepare, implement and maintain, in accordance with the Government plans, consequence management plans, business continuity plans and any other plans required by a responsible Minister..."
Business Continuity Section Objectives:
- Provide consultation and support to ministries for the development, validation and maintenance of their business continuity plans.
- Design and implement a cross-government process of business continuity training, awareness, testing and coordination.
- Develop and validate the Government of Alberta Business Continuity Plan.
- Contribute to the effective activation and implementation of business continuity plans during disasters and incidents, which result in the disruption of government services.