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UPDATED: March 2019
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Emergency Response Procedures
The initial response to any event and is focused upon protecting human life and the organization?s assets.
Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Qualified and authorized personnel who have been trained to provide immediate assistance.
Enterprise Risk Management
ERM includes the methods and processes used by organizations to manage risks and seize opportunities related to the achievement of their objectives.
Enterprise-Wide Planning
The overarching master plan covering all aspects of business continuity within the entire organization.
Escalation
The process by which event-related information is communicated upwards through an organization's established chain of command.The process by which an incident is communicated upwards through an organization?s business continuity and/or incident and crisis management reporting process.
Essential Services
Infrastructure services without which a building or area would be considered disabled and unable to provide normal operating services; typically includes utilities (water, gas, electricity, telecommunications), and may also include standby power systems or environmental control systems.
Estimated Maximum Loss
Insurance policies are written based upon the EML ? the maximum amount that can be claimed against an insured peril.
Evacuation
The movement of employees, visitors and contractors from a site and/or building to a safe place (assembly area) in a controlled and monitored manner at time of an event.
Event
Occurrence or change of a particular set of circumstances.
Exclusion Zone
Boundary line of an area or zone that is controlled by emergency services personnel, and from which all unauthorized persons are excluded for a period of time determined by emergency services leadership.
Executive Management
A person or group of people who directs and controls an organization at the highest level. In larger organizations this might be called the Board, Directors, Executives or Senior Managers. In a small organization, the owner or sole proprietor.
Exercise

Activity designed to execute business continuity or disaster recovery plans and evaluate the performance against approved standards or objectives. Process to train for, assess, practice, and improve recovery performance in an organization.

Exercise Auditor
An appointed role that is assigned to assess whether the exercise aims / objectives are being met and to measure whether activities are occurring at the right time and involve the correct people to facilitate their achievement. The exercise auditor is not responsible for the mechanics of the exercise. This independent role is crucial in the subsequent debriefing.
Exercise Controller (Owner)
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Exercise Coordinator
The person responsible for the mechanics of running the exercise. Person responsible for planning, execution, and evaluation activities of an exercise.