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1. Declaration is an explicit and formal announcement that the business continuity or crisis management plan is activated with the permission of Executive Management.

BCMBoK Competency Level (CL)
BCMBoK 6: Testing and Exercising CL 2B: Intermediate (BC)

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)

2. A formal announcement by pre-authorized personnel that a disaster or severe outage is predicted or has occurred and that triggers pre-arranged mitigating actions (e.g. a move to an alternate site.)

(Source: Disaster Recovery Institute International / Disaster Recovery Journal - DRII/DRJ)