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DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms

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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.

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.


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)
Exercise Coordinator
The person responsible for the mechanics of running the exercise. Person responsible for planning, execution, and evaluation activities of an exercise.
Exercise Observer
An exercise observer has no active role within the exercise but is present for awareness and training purposes.
Exercise Plan
A plan designed to periodically evaluate tasks, teams, and procedures that are documented in business continuity plans to ensure the plan?s viability.
Exercise Program(me)
Series of exercise events designed to meet an overall objective or goal.
Exercise Script
A set of detailed instructions identifying information necessary to implement a predefined business continuity event scenario for evaluation purposes.
Expense Log
Record of expenditure enabling loss assessment and adjustment following an incident or crisis.
The potential susceptibility to loss; the vulnerability to a particular risk.
Extra Expense
The extra cost necessary to implement a recovery strategy and/or mitigate a loss.

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.