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The purpose of the Take 5 business continuity discussion topics is to engage employees and colleagues on your company's plan(s) to respond to potentially critical situations.  Take 5 minutes, once a month, to present the situation and gather the responses. These quick discussions can happen during a morning meeting, at the water cooler, during weekly correspondence via e-mail, or virtually anywhere.  Engage your employees on your organization's business continuity planning efforts and how they would respond to an emergency situation.

Make sure to check back each month as we will be releasing a new situation to discuss, or become a Partner of Safeguard Iowa and receive our Collaborative Corner.  Each month, the Take 5 discussion topic will be released within the newsletter.

April 2016 - Scenario 4


The receptionist at your facility receives a call inquiring about the number of employees on site and more specifically, if an individual has reported to work today. With the knowledge that said employee is on the premises, the caller informs the receptionist that a bomb has been placed within the facility and will detonate soon.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you react?
  2. Do you have procedures in place to handle a bomb threat? If so, are employees trained on how to handle the threat?
  3. Do you have procedures to document a bomb threat? Are employees trained?
  4. Are your employees empowered to call 911 and report a threat?
  5. Does your businesses have an evacuation plan?

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