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9 Things To Consider For A Business Continuity Plan

If you are putting together a business continuity plan, here are nine things you need to consider in order to manage risk more effectively.

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9 Things To Consider For A Business Continuity Plan

  1. 1. PuttingTogether a Business Continuity Plan? Here’sWhatYou NeedTo Consider…
  2. 2. #1 Communicating If there happens to be a problem, you need to consider how you will communicate this to your staff, suppliers and customers. This also needs to be continued until the problem is resolved.
  3. 3. #2Weather Disruptions Severe weather conditions could cause disruption to your business. For instance, storms could cause power to be down and staff unable to get into work.
  4. 4. #3 Building Access You need to consider what would happen if you or your employees were unable to access your premises for any reason. Do you have policy where they can work from home? Or could you outsource work?
  5. 5. #4 Suppliers Think about what could happen if your suppliers run into problems. Consider alternative suppliers in case of this happening.
  6. 6. #5 Fire Damage If a fire occurs, premises can be destroyed and can cause other types of damage. Even fires in the local area. Consider what would happen if you and your staff cannot access the building.
  7. 7. #6 Fuel Plan Although you may not think this could affect you directly, if a fuel crisis occurs their could be consequences for your company. For example, the use of company vehicles and suppliers.
  8. 8. #7 Stolen Equipment/Data If your equipment or data was stolen, what impact would this have? Think about both physical and legal costs.
  9. 9. #8 IT Protection Like many others, your business may depend on IT. If so, you need to consider how well you are protected from hacks, failure of the system and more.
  10. 10. #9 Illness What would happen if your staff were ill? Would you have access to an agency or outsource work? You should have preparations in place if you have key staff missing.
  11. 11. Do you feel prepared in terms of the nine things mentioned? If the answer is no, your business may be at risk. Consider the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard. See our online toolkit: CertiKit ISO 22301 Toolkit