Plant, machinery, equipment, property, buildings, vehicles, information systems, transportation facilities, and other items of infrastructure or plant and related systems that have a distinct and quantifiable function or service.


Another (but less popular) term for alternative or alternate. A fallback facility is another site/building that can be used when the original site/building is unusable or unavailable.

Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI)

This prestigious certified membership grade is the highest obtainable, and is designed for professionals with over 10 years of experience and who have made significant contributions to the BCI and the industry.


Federal Emergency Management Agency - the US agency responsible for responding to wide area disasters and emergencies.

Financial Impact

Actual or potential losses incurred.

First Responder

A member of an emergency service who is first on the scene at a disruptive incident.

Floor Warden

Person responsible for ensuring that all employees, visitors and contractors evacuate a floor within a specific site.

Formal Debrief

A discussion held within weeks of the exercise, addressing the wider organizational issues that identifies learning opportunities.

Full Rehearsal

An exercise that simulates a Business Continuity event where the organization or some of its component parts are suspended until the exercise is completed.

Full Scale Exercise

A full-scale exercise simulates full use of available resources (personnel and systems) prompting a full recovery of business processes.