Preparing your business for an emergency

An unexpected disruption or crisis can impact your business. Businesses are far more likely to survive a disaster if they have planned for it in advance.

Potential risks

  • Floods/storms/high winds
  • Fire
  • Loss of premises
  • Loss of telecommunications
  • Loss of power
  • Disruption to fuel supplies
  • Loss of/reduction in staff

Possible effects

  • Failure of business
  • Loss of income
  • Damage to reputation
  • Loss of customers
  • Legal/regulatory penalties
  • Loss of trained employees

Plan for continuity

It is very important to have a business continuity plan which puts contingency systems in place so that work can continue in the event of an emergency.

A business continuity plan should:

  • Identify the essential requirements to keeping your business running
  • Set out what to do during a crisis with clear roles and responsibilities
  • List the actions that allow key activities to continue in difficult circumstances

Business continuity checklist

  • Have you made a list of important telephone numbers (customers, clients, suppliers, employees)?
  • Do you store your vital computer information on back up disks or servers away from your premises?
  • Do you have an asset register?
  • Do you and your staff know the location of stopcocks, valves and electrics mains switch?
  • Have you considered alternative arrangements in order to continue operations (locations, suppliers, equipment etc.)?
  • Do you have an emergency pack that includes a plan of the site, spare keys and contact details?
  • Is it stored in a safe place that is known by your key personnel?
Page last updated: 03/01/2020
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