1. "IRS Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)" Please respond to the following:
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE E-ACTIVIT : Go to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’) Website and review the published disaster recovery plan dated September 4, 2015. Be prepared to discuss.
- From the e-Activity, select one portion of the IRS disaster recovery plan that you found interesting. Explain why this portion was interesting to you, and determine whether or not you believe this portion is critical to the overall contingency planning efforts of the agency. Provide a rationale to support your answer.
- Determine whether or not you believe the IRS DRP would be comparable to that of large enterprises in the private sector (e.g., ConocoPhillips, General Motors, etc.), and explain whether or not you consider this to be the case.
2. "Hurricane Sandy DR Adaptation" Please respond to the following:
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE E-ACTIVITY: Go to Information Week’s Website and read the article titled “Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Recovery Improv Tales,” dated November 1, 2012, located at http://www.informationweek.com/services/disaster-recovery/hurricane-sandy-disaster-recovery-improv/240012673. Be prepared to discuss.
- From the second e-Activity, determine whether or not you believe the ability to dynamically adapt to the extreme conditions was crucial for disaster response personnel when faced with the challenges caused by Hurricane Sandy. Use examples to support your answer.
- Explain how dynamic disaster plans can be created and tested. Determine whether or not you think these plans have the ability to be truly dynamic and assist personnel when amidst a disaster situation.
3. "BCP versus DRP Revisited" Please respond to the following:
- Expanding on what you’ve learned since Week 2 when a similar question was posed, explain in your own words the difference between business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning, and where you believe these two processes differ and overlap.
- Take a position on whether BC or DR can survive without the other. Use a real-world example to support your position.
4. "BCP by FEMA" Please respond to the following:
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE E-ACTIVITY: Review the updated contingency planning guide at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistbul/july-2010-bulletin.pdf. Be prepared to discuss.
- From the e-Activity, determine what you believe is the most critical component of BCP from FEMA’s implementation / suggestions for the BCP process. Justify your answer.
- Determine whether or not you believe the BCP process would be successful without proper BIA processes being conducted. Explain why or why not.
5. "Crisis Management versus Incident Response" Please respond to the following:
- Compare and contrast crisis management and incident response. Explain in your own words how these processes and strategies differ and how they are alike.
- Discuss whether or not you believe most companies adequately prepare for crisis management and consider whether the amount of preparation conducted is on the same level as other contingency planning efforts.
6. "Red Cross and Federal Agencies" Please respond to the following:
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE E-ACTIVITY: Go to the International Federation of Red Cross’ Website to read the position paper titled “The Red Cross Red Crescent approach to disaster and crisis management,” dated November 2011, located at http://www.ifrc.org/PageFiles/91314/1209600-DM-Position-Paper-EN.pdf. Be prepared to discuss.
- From the e-Activity, give your opinion on the most beneficial assistance service the Red Cross can provide in times of crisis. Determine the most important preparedness pointer that is provided in the position paper and support your answer.
- Consider a potential crisis on a regional or national level in which you believe a federal agency(ies) and / or an organization(s) such as the Red Cross might be involved. Identify the crisis and the federal agency(ies) and / or organization(s) that might be involved in helping to mitigate this crisis. Explain the role(s) of each agency that would be involved in the mitigation.