Before an emergency

Before an emergency

Be prepared

Business continuity management is a process which provides a  framework to help you and your business respond to emergencies and recover more quickly if and when they occur. For advice and information look at Business Continuity Advice for Dummies

Why it is important to have a plan

  • A business continuity plan critically assesses the risks to your business and sets out the steps you can take to mitigate the effects of those risks if they ever occur.
  • Once you've assessed the possible risks you can consider what mitigation you can undertake to reduce the impacts such as insurance. If you're business is in an area likely to flood, for example, consider Obtaining Flood Insurance in HIgh Risk Areas.
  • A plan, just like a fire drill, should be known by your staff and tested and exercised on a regular basis to ensure it stays relevant to your circumstances and up to date with any changes in the business.

Benefits of having a plan 

  • For your customers, knowing you have a business continuity plan (BCP) can give them confidence in the sustainability of your organisation and services.
  • For you and your organisation, ensuring your suppliers have a BCP can give you confidence in the consistency of your supply chain.

Creating a plan

The following five key steps will help your organisation create a business continuity plan:-
  1. know your business
  2. assess the risks
  3. develop a strategy
  4. develop and keep developing the plan
  5. rehearse and train staff in the plan 

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