During the chaos and confusion created in a crisis, it is easy for fear and panic to take over, and this can completely change the way some people handle different scenarios. Planning for these reactions and barriers helps to ensure a successful implementation of Business Continuity and can help to reduce disruption and the time between the incident and remediation.

If you think practically, a Business Continuity Plan is a plan that allows a business to plan in advance what it needs to do to ensure that its key products and services continue to be delivered (technicality: at a predefined level) in case of a disaster, while a DR allows a business to plan what needs to be done immediately after a disaster to recover from the event. So, a BCP tells your business the steps to be taken to continue its key product and services, while a DR tells your business the steps to be taken to recover post an incident.

Your impact analysis, your business continuity strategy and business continuity plans are a part of BCP. Your incident response, emergency response, damage assessment, evacuation plans, etc. are all a part of DR. It makes sense to divide your planning into two parts

  1. Planning to continue your business operations and
  2. Planning to recover from disaster situations

If you use these definitions of BCP and DR, you would probably end up having a practical and effective BCMS for your organisation.