Hi @Aishabou Hydara,Some thoughts ;)At this time, we are discussing BCP for Pandemics, but wouldn't it be more wise to discuss a worst case "BCP"?Today it's a pandemic, maybe tomorrow, it will be a war?In the end, it all comes down to the business. And for some, putting the business into hibernation is the best solution (for the business, but it may not be the best solution for the workforce that suddenly becomes unemployed). Even though people are the most valuable assets of an organization, at times we need to make harsh decisions (such as putting people on temporary unemployment).It may be best for the business, and yet still also provide income for those that are on furlough, but it also forms a risk.Some may not like these decision, but cope with them during the pandemic, while deciding that they will switch jobs once everything starts to turn back to normal.At first glance, this may not seem to be an issue as everyone is replaceable.... but, the loss of knowedge may provide harm that can have a detrimental effect on the "restart" of business.What if workers get sick? Or worse.....Do we need to take that into account in our BCP/DR?What is left of the business during such hazardous times. Is it time to cut costs, by downscaling our environment? Is it time to invest in the well being of your workforce? Will this pay off later? Can we still gain income, by changing our business model? If so, how will this, in time impact our business and our competitors? is your business still viable? Will it bounce back, after things get back to normal? How can we cut costs without putting the future at risk? That is, how much damage can we sustain?I do believe that at this time, the true nature of the corporate leaders as well as the nature of your workforce will reveal itself. Everyone needs to contribute to the survival of the organization. Some maybe by being partially exposed to additional risk, while others doing their best to protect the future.Personally, I think that we can prepare for worst case scenarios, but in the end, it all comes down to the "Fight or Flight" of the leaders and the workforce.In terms of BCP/DR, I think that we can "theoretically" prepare for the worst case scenarios, but in the end ... a large part of it will boil down on creativity & flexibility.
You can have a great BCP/DR, but if there is nobody to put it to work....
Or you can have a basic BCP/DR, have a great workforce that is willing to make things happen.As a final thought:We are speaking about BCP/DR, which is perfectly ok. And most larger companies have it in some form. But what about the Small corporations? The grocery store, the butcher, the newspaper shop,.... the gardener ... the guys in construction work... airliners ... and many many more. Some may not even have a BCP/DR.Maybe this pandemic, will make us all realize that we all need each other, and that we can only survive if we all work together. Wouldn't that be the best BCP/DR ever ?
All the best.
Stay safe & healthy !
@Craig Beebe, thank you for your contribution. I think this coronavirus outbreak is one that majority of us did not anticipate the global disruption and impact to the day to day business operations. This is more so for companies who don't have a big global reach, but they have all been affected one way or another by the pandemic. I'm very interested in seeing how the lessons learned are used to update current BCPs.