Business continuity planning

Effective business continuity planning is critical to ensuring that the essential functions of your business can carry on despite an emergency.

Many businesses will already have plans to deal with sudden commercial risk. These may include events such as the failure of critical suppliers, an unexpected bad debt, industrial action or the discovery of a serious fault in a product or process.

Planning for the aftermath of major incident whether this be fire, flooding or even a terrorist incident is very similar.

The government’s National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options outlines a set of options that the private sector and security industry can use to enhance their security at times of raised terrorism threat levels or in response to a terrorist incident.

Emergencies can jeopardise your organisation

For example, a major incident could have the following consequences:

  • damage to your buildings
  • loss of IT systems, records, communications and other facilities
  • unavailability of staff because of disruption to transport or their unwillingness to travel
  • loss of staff through death or injury
  • adverse psychological effects on staff, including stress and demoralisation
  • disruption to other organisations and businesses on which you may depend
  • damage to reputation
  • changes in the business demands placed on your organisation.

Sout Cambridgeshire District Council business continuity handbook.

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