VULNERABILITY AND SUSCEPTIBILITY
The military operational definitions of vulnerability and susceptibility combine to mean the inability to avoid and/or withstand the hit. Based on this definition when planning through our phases emergency management, our human components are identified as our most vulnerable and susceptible assets to disaster events. The human component also serves as our greatest asset. How can humans be both our greatest weakness and strength? Every disaster management plan deals with operations that require people to perform. In prevention and mitigation, we rely on humans to do our interfacing for occupant emergency evacuation plans as well as the reliance on humans to make the needed changes structurally or to fight for regulation code changes through mitigation. Through the preparedness phase, humans are the ones exercise, planning, and executing evaluations to ensure thorough preparedness. It is the human component that executes responses, coordinates resources, and ultimately responds to the disaster. Without the human element recovery and aid become nothing more than resources sitting in a warehouse with nowhere to go and the return to normalcy does not occur.
In the military environment, survivability is defined as the ability to remain mission capable after a single event. This term is even cited at the Joint Staff level as how quickly a system is affected by an event and its recovery time. In the emergency management and business world survivability carries a similar definition. Survivability is whether your business, agency, government can continue to operate during a disaster event. The simplest example of survivability comes down to power. If your business loses power in a storm, does your business stop? Are you able to still process data and business prospects without power? Depending on your business you may not need to be survivable, but you may need to be able to recover your systems and data quickly. Do you have external networks and security protocols protecting yours and your customers data? Is this data easily recovered and accessible at your primary site? Do you have an established devolution site and plan? All these are questions R.E.M.C.O.R., LLC, USA will help you answer. As experts in the militarized concept of survivability we have taken the lead in introducing survivable operations, data and cybersecurity planning into the civilian market. Survivability planning is different from endurability planning in one major aspect. Survivability is based on a single, short-term event, whereas endurability operations would require your business to operate for months on end in a disaster environment.
The military concept of endurability is often linked to properties of systems, subsystems, equipment, or processes that enable them to function within specified performance limits for an extended period. These operations occur despite a severe natural or man-made disturbance, such as a nuclear attack, or a loss of external logistic or utility support.  When tailoring this concept to the business world we are faced with identifying these performance limits not just for systems but for the human component. The question facing most business leaders in the face of an endurable operations required crises is “How to lead my employees through this?” This question is loaded and requires a very comprehensive plan to answer it accurately. First, if you have a continuity of operations plan, the first answer involves how people can get to where you need them to be to execute their tasks to ensure business can continue. Secondly, you must address whether the human component is at risk by continuing operations in that environment or if there is or will be a need for a devolution site. Third, in this comprehensive answer is whether your structures and data systems will be operational enough to execute your business goals.
These three answers often do not do enough to help leaders make endurable decisions in the future to better plan for disaster scenarios and are often only thought of in a reactionary stance to an already occurring or occurred disaster. R.E.M.C.O.R., LLC, USA’s strategic networking and interpersonal partnerships allow us to pull from a pool of specific incident or specific phase experts to apply subject matter expertise to a company’s profile to ensure you have an endurability compliant plan that fits needs and goals. All these options, survivability, endurability, vulnerabilities, are part of R.E.M.C.O.R., LLC, USA’s pursuit of excellence in continuity of operations and government.
 Note: Endurability is not compromised by temporary failures when the local capability exists to restore and maintain the system, subsystem, equipment, or process to an acceptable performance level.