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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/Full Test

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

Gap Analysis
A survey whose aim is to identify the differences between BCM/Crisis Management requirements (what the business says it needs at time of an incident) and what is in place and/or currently available
Good Practice Guidelines
A guide to global good practice in Business Continuity. The body of knowledge produced by the Business Continuity Institute.
Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)
GRC is the umbrella term covering an organization's approach across these three areas.
Grab List
A list of items that individuals should take with them prior to evacuating a building.
The process of making something more secure, resistant to attack, or less vulnerable.
A source of potential harm.
Hazard Assessment
Process of determining, for specific areas, the likelihood of the occurrence of potentially-damaging phenomenon of given magnitudes within a specified period of time