Performance Objectives

Performance objectives are milestones on the path to achieving your preparedness program’s goals. Objectives should be developed for all aspects of the program. Include hazard prevention/deterrence, risk mitigation, emergency response and business continuity.

Consider goals and objectives for managing risk, investing in resources, establishing capabilities through training and exercising and complying with regulations. Consider both short-term objectives for the development of the program and long-term objectives that may require more significant planning or investment.

Examples of short-term objectives include:

  • Establish a program committee that includes wide participation from your company.
  • Assess your current preparedness program.
  • Reach out to public emergency services and regulators. Ask for input.
  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify threat and hazard scenarios and significant loss potential.
  • Conduct a business impact analysis to identify the operational and financial impacts from an interruption or disruption of your business.
  • Identify opportunities for hazard prevention and risk mitigation.
  • Protect the safety of your employees by developing evacuation, sheltering and lockdown plans. Conduct employee training and drills.
  • Install an emergency generator to power the data center during a power outage.
  • Develop plans to equip and configure Plant B as a backup for Plant A.

Examples of long-term objectives include:

  • Upgrading the protection of the facility by installing a fire sprinkler system.
  • Phasing out the use of highly toxic or flammable chemicals.
  • Conducting a full-scale exercise of our emergency management program involving public emergency services.
  • Shifting some or all operations to a location that is less susceptible to natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes or flooding.
  • Building a culture of preparedness in the workplace and encourage employees to have a plan at home.

Objectives should be tangible and measurable. When the program is reviewed, determine whether objectives have been achieved (see Program Improvement).

Last Updated: 09/11/2019