While it is not always possible to prevent disasters from wreaking havoc, the County government can ensure that the appropriate resources and procedures are in place to recover from possible catastrophes. Business continuity plans do just that. They lay out the tools that County agencies and departments will utilize in case of emergency. According to the County Chief Information Officer, all of Orange County’s agencies and departments now have comprehensive business continuity plans in place.
“I want to congratulate all the County agencies and departments that have been involved in this process. It is quite an undertaking to manage the successful completion of 23 separate business continuity plans, and I am glad to see everyone contributing,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “We are responsible for over 3 million people, as well as immense infrastructure in Orange County, and business continuity plans serve a vital role in our protection.”
Earlier this year, the Internal Audit Department reported on one department’s progress with its business continuity plan. Supervisor Spitzer then asked for the Internal Audit Department to report on the status of the business continuity plans for the County’s 23 departments and agencies.
On May 21, the Internal Audit Department report showed the plans just over half-completed. At Supervisor Spitzer’s impetus, the County Executive Office then set out a timeline with key milestones to ensure County agencies and departments complete their business continuity plans.