PAS 200 specifies the capabilities organizations need to develop and maintain to allow them to effectively detect, prepare and respond to a crisis
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PAS 200:2011

Crisis management. Guidance and good practice

Status : Withdrawn   Published : September 2011

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What is PAS 200:2011, Crisis management – Guidance and good practice?

PAS 200:2011 is a standard designed to help organizations take practical steps to improve their ability to deal with crises.

It does this by giving organizations an operational structure to detect and prepare for such crises and hence prevent or survive them.

How will PAS 200 help you?

By their nature most crises are abnormal and extreme, often occurring abruptly with little or no warning and they may not be fully covered by existing Business Continuity management planning.

Recent examples of crises examples include:

  • the civil unrest in the UK and abroad
  • corporate espionage, such as the Wikileaks and national newspaper 'phone hacking affairs
  • natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding.

Developed by leading crisis management experts, PAS 200 provides users with a framework that delivers the practical steps to identify potential crises, mitigate the risks and avoid potentially damaging consequences.

Who should use PAS 200?

PAS 200 is relevant to top managers in organizations of any size, type, industry and sector.

What does PAS 200 include?

1 Scope
2 Terms and definitions

3 Understanding crises
3.1 What is a crisis?
3.2 The relationship between incidents and crises: structure and complexity
3.3 The general characteristics of crises
3.4 Understanding the potential origins of crises
3.5 “Sudden” and “smouldering” crises
3.6 How organizations can become vulnerable to crises
3.7 How crises incubate within organizations
3.8 Achieving higher levels of resilience
3.9 Possible barriers to success

4 Developing a crisis management capability
4.1 A framework
4.2 Capability
4.3 Setting the organization’s policy and direction
4.4 Identifying roles and responsibilities
4.5 Creating the structures and processes
4.6 Information management
4.7 Situational awareness
4.8 The common recognized information picture
4.9 Supporting the decision-makers
4.10 Dealing with dilemmas
4.11 Conclusions

5 Planning and preparing for crisis response and recovery

5.1 General
5.2 The crisis management plan
5.3 Key elements of the plan
5.4 Logistical factors
5.5 The activities of the crisis management team
5.6 Leadership
5.7 Decisions in crises – key features
5.8 Dealing with people
5.9 Transition to recovery

6 Communication in a crisis
6.1 General
6.2 Communications strategy
6.3 Formal and informal communications structures
6.4 Planning to communicate
6.5 Methods of communication
6.6 Barriers to effective communication

7 Evaluating crisis management capability
7.1 General
7.2 Training
7.3 Exercise design considerations
7.4 The “crisis-aware” organization
Annex A (normative)

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Standard NumberPAS 200:2011
TitleCrisis management. Guidance and good practice
Publication Date21 September 2011
Withdrawn Date31 May 2014
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
DescriptorsManagement, Risk analysis, Business continuity, Emergency measures, Organizations, Enterprises, Planning, Personnel, Personnel management, Documents, Communication processes, Training
ISBN978 0 580 76478 3
File Size1.574 MB
NotesBS 11200:2014 is based on PAS 200:2011.

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