Business Continuity and Planning

A business continuity plan is a written document outlining how your business will operate during an emergency.
Your organization should have documented information on:

- Which business functions are prioritized for recovery during an emergency

- Essential operations: each should have a prevention, maintenance, and recovery plan

- Impact of potential loss of each operation on business continuity (from low to critical)

- The list of core personnel including home addresses and contact information

Step One

Conduct a business impact analysis (click here for template). 

The worksheet should be completed by business function and process managers to determine:

  • The operational and financial impacts directly resulting from the emergency

  • The tipping point in time serious impact to your business will occur

Step Two

Organize a business continuity team.

 -Identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and the resources that support them

- Identify, document and implement to recover critical business functions and processes.

Step Three

Complete business continuity plan (template and further explanation here), and make plans for recovery. 

-Be sure to conduct trainings and mock-emergency tests of your plan

-Include specific IT Disaster Recovery Planning

 

Other Items to Consider

  • Partnership or reciprocal agreements can be arranged with other businesses or organizations that can support each other in the event of a disaster or other suspension of normal business.

  • Manual workarounds; it may be time to go to taking orders via pen and paper instead of an online system, for instance!

  • Bringing in temp employees, especially if they are out of work due to other businesses pausing operations.

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