Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Business Continuity

Business Continuity Awareness Week begins March 16, and the theme for this year's observance is "Putting Your Plans to the Test." According to the Business Continuity Institute, they want to call attention to the importance of testing and exercising and of ensuring that all staff understand this importance and know what to do in the event of an actual disruption. Some studies have shown that many companies have not tested their plans in more than a year; have you tested yours? Perhaps now is a good time to plan -- and conduct -- an exercise.

You cannot stop every incident from affecting your business but you can put a business continuity plan in place to try and keep your business going. (Item #1)   Use any of these business disruption scenarios to test your plan.  (Item #2)   You can take actions to help protect emotional well-being during a shelter-in-place emergency.  (Item #3)

How often you test your plan depends on how well you want it to work. (Item #4)   Not having a plan, and not exercising the plan, is almost like making the same mistake twice -- and the result can be devastating to your business. (Item #5)   Support BC week by downloading these posters and sharing them within your organization or online using social media. (Item #6)

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