During a crisis you may not be able to rely on others for help.
It is therefore a good idea to plan for a crisis - and to be as self-sufficient as possible.
Could your business survive a serious crisis?
- Are you aware of any hazards or threats which could disrupt your normal business operations?
- How likely is disruption to occur and how severe could the impact be?
- What is your 'plan B'?
- Have you written a Business Continuity Plan and shared this with stakeholders?
- Have you tested your emergency and business continuity arrangements?
Start by looking at the main risks to your business:
- How safe and secure are your premises?
- How vigilant are your staff?
- Where would you go if you have to leave your premises?
- Are your premises vulnerable to severe weather or flooding?
- Are there any measures in place to protect your business?
- Are you reliant on components or services from overseas suppliers who may be located in disaster prone regions?
- Do you have back-up plans if these systems fail?
We recommend that you write down your emergency and business continuity arrangements and make sure that the whole team would know what to do in the event of a crisis.
Try our free Business impact analysis questionnaire to help with this process and get an overview of your main risks.
- Local business continuity advice
- Business continuity plan template (word)
- Business continuity plan template
- Mid Sussex District Council business continuity plan
- Business Continuity Institute
- Emergency Planning Society
- The Institute of Risk Management
- Current terror threat levels
- Preparing for emergencies
- Ten minutes to prepare your business
Emergency Planning and Outdoor Services Manager