Browse Definitions:

pandemic planning

Pandemic planning is a strategic approach to business continuity that anticipates and prepares for a widespread, dangerous outbreak of an infectious disease that poses life-threatening risks to employees and their families in different geographical areas at the same time.

A pandemic plan should have two parts: it should document how the business’ essential services will be provided in the event there is significant and sustained absenteeism and it should explain how the business will implement and enforce non-pharmaceutical intervention.  Non-pharmaceutical intervention simply means how the business will reduce contact between people to help prevent the spread of infection. It could be as simple as formally defining when employees should stay home. A more complex plan might include testing to ensure critical skills can be sustainable in the event there is a staff absentee rate of 40% or more, initiatives for staff cross-training and application support for telecommuting.

Learn more about pandemic planning 

Using a pandemic recovery plan template: A free download and guide: Getting started with pandemic planning? Download's exclusive pandemic recovery planning guide and template. 

Easy ways for SMBs to improve their disaster recovery and pandemic plans: Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) often have less disaster recovery planning resources than larger enterprises. Learn about the easy ways you can improve DR and pandemic plans in an SMB environment. 

How to prepare and plan for a pandemic disaster: In this podcast, learn how to keep a pandemic from affecting your company, and how to get started with pandemic and disaster recovery planning.

The H1N1 pandemic: Resources for disaster recovery and business continuity pros: In this exclusive resource guide from, discover the latest news and expert advice on how the H1N1 pandemic has impacted disaster recovery and business continuity professionals. 

The swine flu outbreak: Business continuity and disaster recovery planning for a pandemic: In this expert tip, learn about how the swine flu outbreak may impact your business and how you can get your DR and BC plan ready. 

This was last updated in March 2010

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.


File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:


  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces. A...

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...


  • federated identity management (FIM)

    Federated identity management (FIM) is an arrangement that can be made among multiple enterprises to let subscribers use the same...

  • cross-site scripting (XSS)

    Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of injection security attack in which an attacker injects data, such as a malicious script, ...

  • firewall

    In computing, a firewall is software or firmware that enforces a set of rules about what data packets will be allowed to enter or...



  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...


  • volume manager

    A volume manager is software within an operating system (OS) that controls capacity allocation for storage arrays.

  • external storage device

    An external storage device, also referred to as auxiliary storage and secondary storage, is a device that contains all the ...

  • NetApp SolidFire

    NetApp SolidFire is a business division of NetApp Inc. that specializes in all-flash storage systems.


  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.