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Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 9, 2018

Disasters Can Happen - Is Your Business Prepared?

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Every organization is at risk from potential disasters that include:

  • Natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes and fire
  • Accidents
  • Sabotage
  • Power and energy disruptions
  • Communications, transportation, safety and service sector failure
  • Environmental disasters such as pollution and hazardous materials spills
  • Cyber-attacks and hacker activity

Having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) enhances an organization’s image with employees, shareholders and customers by demonstrating a proactive attitude. Additional benefits include improvement in overall organizational efficiency and identifying the relationship of assets and human and financial resources to critical services and deliverables.

Creating and maintaining a BCP helps ensure that an institution has the resources and information needed to deal with these emergencies.

The objectives of a BCP are:

  • Provide a level of security and safety for employees and families
  • Protect the assets of the business
  • Ensure continuation of services to customers
  • Minimize the risk of delay in setting up an alternate business location
  • Provide standard testing for the BCP
  • Minimize the decision making process during a disaster
  • Receive positive media coverage as a result of advanced planning

Critical services or products are those that must be delivered to ensure survival, avoid causing injury, and meet legal or other obligations of an organization. Business Continuity Planning is a proactive planning process that ensures critical services or products are delivered during a disruption.

A BCP includes:

  • Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products, which permits the organization to recover its facility, data and assets.
  • Identification of necessary resources to support business continuity, including personnel, information, equipment, financial allocations, legal counsel, infrastructure protection and accommodations.

For further Information provided by Public Safety Canada “A Guide to Business Continuity Planning” visit https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/bsnss-cntnt-plnnng/index-en.aspx

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