It is often referred to as the disaster after the disaster. The economy tanks, people lose their jobs and businesses close up shop. Business continuity plans are critical in helping you to manage your livelihood post disaster and having a continuity plan in place before will allow you to respond and not react. A business continuity plan includes items such as back-up record management, image and reputation management, staff education, ensuring staff are prepared at home so they are able to continue working, resource management, transport of goods and more! The first 72 hours after a disaster are critical in getting your business back up and running. Disasters in other communities have shown that 7 days after a major emergency the costs of getting a business back up and running increases exponentially and those businesses without a continuity plan struggle to return to their normal levels of operation post disaster, with many often failing as a result.
What is Business Continuity Planning?
Critical services or products are those that must be delivered to ensure survival, avoid causing injury, and meet legal or other obligations of an organization. Business Continuity Planning is a proactive planning process that ensures critical services or products are delivered during a disruption.
A Business Continuity Plan includes:
- Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products, which permits the organization to recover its facility, data and assets.
- Identification of necessary resources to support business continuity, including personnel, information, equipment, financial allocations, legal counsel, infrastructure protection and accommodations.
Having a Business Continuity Plan enhances an organization's image with employees, shareholders and customers by demonstrating a proactive attitude. Additional benefits include improvement in overall organizational efficiency and identifying the relationship of assets and human and financial resources to critical services and deliverables.
Below are some links and information to assist you in keeping your business up and running after a disaster.
- www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/bcp-eng.php (Pandemic Business Continuity Templates)
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