During an emergency

During an emergency

  • Emergencies do not have a set schedule or time frame. They can arise slowly with issues such as a pandemic influenza outbreak or more quickly such as severe weather or flooding. It is important that, as an organisation, you are able to recognise the risk(s) and to respond as early as possible.
  • Listen out to local radio and television bulletins.
  • If the incident is weather-related, refer to the Met Office for updates and forecasts on weather conditions to help your planning and response.
  • 90% of businesses that lose data from a disaster are forced to close within two years.  


  • Start a log of events and actions taken in response.
  • Activate your business continuity plan.
  • Identify which staff you need and what they will do.
  • Premises - do you need to look at relocation of premises/processes?
  • Supplies - what do you need and where can they be sourced?
  • Services - what ones are key to your business?
  • Communications to stakeholders, staff, suppliers and the public about the effects to your business. 

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