How can your business be prepared?
If you own or are responsible for a business or
organisation, have you considered the impacts from external
How would you organisation cope with:
- A sudden and significant reduction in staff?
- Denial of access to a site or geographical area?
- Unexpected loss of mains electricity?
- A temporary disruption to gas supplies?
- A disruption to the supply of mains water and sewerage?
- Significant disruption to transport?
- Disruption to the availability of oil and fuel?
- A loss of telecommunications?
- A loss of or disruption to your computer systems?
- A disruption which affects your key suppliers or partners?
Business Continuity Management
Business Continuity Management is
the process through which organisations aim to continue the
delivery of their key products and services during and following a
disruption to normal activity, and to recover afterwards.
Effective business continuity is the first line of defence for any
organisation to ensure they are able to maintain the delivery of
their core services and, in the long-run, to assure their
Organisations should consider a
wide range of potentially disruptive challenges; both internal, for
example disruption to computer systems, and external, for example
The community risk register
providers businesses with information on the likelihood and
potential impact of a range of different risks, in order to assist
their own risk management and business continuity management
Does your organisation have adequate business continuity
measures in place?
5 steps to effective business continuity
- Understand your business
- What parts of the business are critical and what priority would
you allocate to restoring functions if they fail?
- Risk assessment
- What risks does your business face (internal and
- Consider these risks within your business risk
assessment. What can you put in place to reduce the
likelihood of the risks and/or the impact of them?
- Consider the resources needs of each of your business
- External suppliers / contractors
- Document information in a user-friendly format about
your business' critical functions and the resources required
including alternatives / backups for each
- This will assist you during and after an emergency.
- Train and test your staff in activating the continuity
plan and the roles and procedures within it.