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ABSTRACT
STRATEGIC CONTINGENCY PLANNING
By
Karen Scott-Martinet
Fall 2006
The objective of this study was to develop a strategic contingency planning model to be used to fully incorporate emergency management and business continuity into organization structures. (For the purpose of this study, Emergency Management and Business Continuity were collectively referred to as “contingency planning.”) Presently, contingency planning is mainly done on an operational or tactical level. Current thinking suggests that contingency planning should be an active part of organizations’ overall strategic planning processes as well. Organizations will ultimately be better prepared for future disasters and crises. STRATEGIC CONTINGENCY PLANNING

A THESIS

Presented to the Professional Studies Department
California State University, Long Beach

In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree
Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration

By Karen Scott-Martinet
B.A., 1994, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
Fall 2006

Copyright 2006
Karen Scott-Martinet
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
CHAPTER
1. INTRODUCTION1

Purpose of this Study2
Significance of this Study3
Approach4
Limitations4
Definitions of Key Terms5

2. REVIEW OF LITERATURE10

Emergency Management12
Business Continuity Planning21
Strategic Planning31
Scenario Futuring34
Summary39

3. PLANNING METHODOLOGIES41

Emergency Management41
Business Continuity47
Strategic Planning51
Scenario Futuring55
Summary63

4. NEW MODEL65

The Strategic Contingency Plan65
Finding the Gaps67
The Wider View69
The Business Case70
Implementation and Metrics72
Summary73

5. RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION74

Recommendations74
Conclusion75
Summary76

APPENDICES77

A. SAMPLE FUTURE SCENARIOS78

B. SAMPLE STRATEGIC EMERGENCY AND CRISIS
MANAGEMENT PLAN86

C. SAMPLE BASELINE ASSESSMENT PAGE91

D. SAMPLE RELATIONSHIP DIAGRAM93

E. SAMPLE CONTINGENCY PLANNING SITUATION
ASSESSMENT95

BIBLIOGRAPHY 97

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION
Emergency management and business continuity planning (collectively referred to as contingency planning) are vital programs for any organization that wants to survive and prosper. Contingency planning can be a time-consuming, costly process and, consequently, it is used in public and private sector entities to varying degrees. In the absence of proper planning, a crisis or disaster could devastate an organization, its people and its assets. Various estimates of failure rates of businesses after a disaster abound. While there is no way to confirm these statistics, they seem to suggest that contingency planning will improve the odds of an organization’s survival. Due to the fear of terrorist attacks, cyber crime, pandemics and the increasing costs of natural disasters, more organizations than ever before are considering contingency planning to help protect their people, assets, and facilities. As organizations become more complex, disruptions can cause greater and more frequent impacts. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, the Phuket Tsunami in 2004 and the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005 have shown how these impacts can affect the entire world. A challenge for organizations is lack of knowledge about how to effectively implement a contingency planning system and incorporate it into the entity’s strategic plans. “Strategic planning is the process of formulating and implementing decisions about an organization’s future direction. This process is vital to every organization’s survival because it is the process by which the organization adapts to its ever-changing environment, and the...
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