Business continuity is about having a plan to deal with difficult situations, so your organisation can continue to function with as little disruption as possible (The Business Continuity Institute).

A business continuity plan 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.

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Quick tips for making your business more resilient to disruptions

  • Keep important documents secure including financial, insurance, employee and product records .
  • Ensure online records and USBs are password protected and hard copies are locked away in a water and/or fireproof location.
  • Back up all of your important data and files to the cloud or an external drive/USB.
  • Have equipment on hand that will help you prepare for natural disasters such as a torch and spare batteries, your own supply of sandbags and plastic sheeting, and trolleys to help you move stock out of harms way.
  • Purchase equipment that will help you recover faster from a disruption such as PPE and cleaning materials, a generator (appropriately ventilated) for extended power outages, and
  • Create a business continuity plan and ensure everyone in the business knows how to put the plan into action
  • Ensure your business continuity plan includes what to do if you have to evacuate the business - Prepare for Evacuation checklist

Additional resources

While not an exhaustive list, the following may be useful sources of inspiration to help you develop and test a business continuity plan:

If you wish to, you can provide Council with copies of your Business Continuity Plan via