A business continuity plan (BCP) helps you consider the risks, organise adequate insurance, and understand what you need to do to remain operational before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
If a natural disaster is imminent, you may decide to evacuate your business or may be ordered to by local authorities. Ensure you and your staff, visitors, sister-sites and other relevant stakeholders are aware of:
You should practice for evacuation as a regular part of your business operations. This includes regularly reviewing the effectiveness of practice drills, looking for lessons learned and implementing changes for improvement; these information guides and checklists will help your readiness and response activities:
While not an exhaustive list, the following may be useful sources of inspiration to help you develop and test a business continuity plan:
Ensure all staff, visitors, sister-sites and other relevant stakeholders are involved in the planning, training, execution and debrief of your emergency and disaster arrangements. Consider these questions to help your business recover after an emergency situation: