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Emergency Planning

What Businesses can do to Prepare for an Emergency

To help protect your business from the effects of an emergency, you should make sure that your business has a Business Continuity plan.


  • 80% of businesses affected by a major incident close within a month.
  • 90% of businesses that lose data from a disaster are forced to shut within 2 years.
  • 58% of UK organisations were disrupted by September 11th. Of those disrupted 12 % were seriously affected.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 businesses suffer a major disruption every year.

Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management is to help manage the risks to the smooth running of an organisation or a delivery of a service, in the event of an emergency or disruption.

Our Emergency Planning Unit can offer free advice and support in developing Business Continuity plans, but cannot prepare the plans for you.

The Business Continuity Process

Address the following 10 points to start to build a continuity management plan:

  1. Understand your business and key business objectives.
  2. Identify key activities and staff working within those areas.
  3. Identify single points of failure.
  4. Identify the potential threats.
  5. Assess the risk both internal and external.
  6. Calculate the impact.
  7. Review the results.
  8. Plan to reduce the likelihood and/or impact.
  9. Train your staff.
  10. Exercise and review the plan.

Please see our Business Continuity guides and leaflets for more helpful advice. These can be found in our related downloads.

Page last updated: 15/02/2017