How Business Continuity Plans Fail: A flawed business continuity plan that has little chance of holding up in a true disaster is just so many words. Its only effect is to provide the business with a false sense of security. Many of the shortcomings of these plans stem from using false assumptions.
For example, many business continuity plans failed in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy because it was assumed that employees could work from home should a disaster occur, and that data stored in an alternate location would be accessible. However, widespread power outages and flooding prevented employees from accessing the Internet. In addition, many employees were dealing with more basic survival issues such as access to shelter and clean water. If there is one lesson to be learned from this is that business continuity plans require the input of business continuity experts.