Preparing a business continuity plan
09 May 2018
Planning for the worst to keep your organisation at its best.
Why is business continuity important?
What are the key objectives in a business continuity plan?
- Enable operations to continue as quickly and as smoothly as possible
- Progress back to normal working conditions
- Cause the least inconvenience to all parties – employees, suppliers and customers
- Minimise the risk of accident, injury or ill health to all.
Business continuity planning steps
- Appoint a business continuity committee/team – the team should be selected from senior management to assume control in the event of a disaster and implement the plan.
- Appoint a plan co-ordinator – the person who will head the team.
- Outline your objectives – some objectives are listed above but others may be unique depending on the nature of your organisation.
- Create an emergency plan – this relates to the first 24 hours of any emergency and should include emergency contact numbers and a telephone tree.
- Create a recovery plan – this should be designed to come into action when the full extent of the disaster is known.
- Create a communications plan – everyone needs to be kept informed, how will you do this?
- Plan for the distribution and storage of your business continuity plan – it needs to be easily accessible and distributed to all those who need to follow it.
- Refresh and renew plans – it should be a living document and revised regularly.