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Business continuity planning is a process of identifying and evaluating the risks your business faces and then developing procedures to enable the business to continue operating (and recover) if the worst happens.

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The commonly practiced way to identify and evaluate the risks is to complete a Business Impact Analysis (BIA). This analysis is undertaken to review what key products and services the organisation provides that, if disrupted, would have the largest impact on the organisation. The impact is documented for different periods, with the maximum length of time that the organisation can manage the disruption without it threatening the organisation's viability, either economically or through loss of character.

Following this, a business should document and quantify critical activities that are required to deliver these key products and services (and identify a time period that this should be done within) and consider:

  • undertaking internal reviews to assist in business continuity, alongside work to mitigate against incidents affecting a business' buildings and operations
  • reviewing the flood protection in the local area to the business, in conjunction with the Environment Agency
  • reviewing the transport arrangements for getting staff to and from work
  • the potential disruption caused by loss of staff that perform unique and/or specific tasks (that other staff do not have relevant knowledge/skills to perform)
  • reviewing the way technology is protected (from attack/water/power failure)
  • reviewing stakeholders (suppliers and partners) to ensure that you have suitable alternatives for sourcing materials etc have been identified

One of the best ways to successfully respond to an incident is to ensure a business is notified at an early stage. By getting accurate and timely forecasts (Met Office), Floodline alerts (Environment Agency) and warnings from other agencies, a business is able to fully prepare to react effectively.

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