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Preparing a Business Continuity Plan
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is planning to ensure that your business or organisation has a relatively quick and painless return to "business as usual" in the event of a major disruption. While it is impossible to predict every kind of possible incident that may threaten your business or organisation, you can develop a basic plan using the information below.
Although terrorism is a risk, more likely threats to your business may be from fire, theft, fraud or vandalism. Serious storms, floods or water escape from other sources can also have a major impact. Flooding on average costs the UK £600m per annum, and the January 1990 storms causing insurance losses of £500m.
Depending on the size and nature of your business you may require more or less comprehensive plans to be in place. By following the links below you will be able to self assess your business to see how prepared you already are, and find out more information on whether you should have further measures in place.
Simple Self Assessment
Click here to visit the London Prepared website to take you through a simple process of self assessment to see whether your business is at risk. It then has advice and guidance that is tailored to your size of business, whether you employ less than 10 staff or more than 250. It provides guidance on the principles of creating a plan - then testing the plan and training your staff.
Simple Five Step Plan
The Business Continuity Institute
Click here to visit the Business Continuity Institute's website which provides good practice, advice and guidance for further information on the 5 basic steps which businesses should follow when putting together a business continuity plan.
National guidance, forthcoming seminars and conferences
Click here to visit the national Preparing for Emergencies website for further guidance for business of all sizes, covering Risk Management, Business Continuity, Terrorism, Bombs and much more. It also has information about forthcoming conferences and seminars.
Preparing your business for flooding
The Environment Agency has produced a booklet and materials on how you can make your business more resilient against flooding. This includes a guide to producing a business flood plan and sample templates.
For further information visit the Environment Agency at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.