Business Continuity means thinking about your organisation and the things which could adversely affect it, then putting plans in place to deal with them and recover from the disruption.
Your business could be affected by things like:
Research shows that a robust business continuity plan can help you withstand problems like these and continue to deliver your services.
Whatever the size of your business or organisation, it doesn't have to take up too much of your time. Think about:
Carry out a Business Impact Analysis. This identifies and documents your key functions and services, what activities and resources are required to deliver these, and the impact that a disruption of these activities would have on your organisation.
What can you do now to ensure that you are able to maintain the critical activities that underpin the delivery of your organisation’s functions and services following a disruption? This may include multi-skill training of your staff, identifying other places you could work from and backing up crucial data off site.
Write your plan. The Normit website has a template you can use.
It's a continuous process. The plans should be reviewed and tested regularly.
The Normit web site has more guidance on business continuity and how to implement it within your organisation.
You can also contact the emergency planning manager at your local council for more information.