Emergency Response

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1. Emergency Response is the reaction to an emergency or incident and its focus is to protect human life and the key organizational assets.

Note: The emergency response component of the BC plan or DR plan should contain guidelines for incident management, the escalation process of incidents, and the procedure for disaster declaration.


BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 5: Plan Development CL 1B: Foundation (BC)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 5: Plan Development CL 1C: Foundation (CM)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 5: Plan Development CL 1CC: Foundation (CC)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 5: Plan Development CL 2D: Intermediate (DR)

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)

Types of Plans

2. The initial response to any E/I/C and is focused upon protecting human life and the organisation’s assets. Similar terms: Emergency Response Procedures

(Source: Business Continuity Institute - BCI)


3. The reaction to an incident or emergency to assess the damage or impact and to ascertain the level of containment and control activity required. In addition to addressing matters of life safety and evacuation, Response also addresses the policies, procedures and actions to be followed in the event of an emergency. 1) The step or stage that immediately follows a disaster event where actions begin as a result of the event having occurred. SIMILAR TERMS: Emergency Response, Disaster Response, Immediate Response, and Damage Assessment.

(Source: Disaster Recovery Institute International / Disaster Recovery Journal - DRII/DRJ)


4. The immediate reaction and response to an emergency situation commonly focusing on ensuring life safety and reducing the severity of the incident.

(Source: The Emergency Planning Society)

(Source: ENISA - the European Network and Information Security Agency. BCM & Resilience Glossary)