On 30 May 2016, as part of the company’s business continuity efforts, a surprise fire safety training was conducted at NSD’s main office, which involved the total evacuation of staff and visitors and arrival of the company’s staff to the designated assembly point.
The staff evacuation has allowed to conduct an unscheduled test of certain sections of the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. During the training, critical business processes were run at the remote backup site operating on a daily basis. Each member of NSD’s staff was promptly alerted by automated text messaging, and communications between the emergency management committee, the facility management company, the Security Division, and the Administrative Affairs Division were inspected for promptness and adequacy.
The surprise fire safety training also involved an inspection of such systems as the fire warning and alarm, smoke exhaust, air supply and makeup, and fire spread prevention systems. Moreover, there was a prompt interaction between NSD and the nearest fire station of the Russian EMERCOM, which is directly alerted of a fire alarm at NSD.
The positive outcomes of the surprise fire safety training and test of the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan prove the high level of reliability of NSD as the central securities depository.