NEARLY one in five businesses suffers a major disruption every year.
Such disruptions include adverse weather conditions, theft/vandalism, fire, power cuts, IT system failure, illness of key staff and terrorist attack.
When any of these events happen, it is important to ensure that recovery occurs with the minimum amount of time, disruption and cost.
Business continuity is the process of planning for such unexpected disruptions. Effective planning enables the business to recover quickly and efficiently.
Plans to cope with disruption should be clear, short, concise and accessible to all staff members responsible for any part of the plan.
By developing a continuity plan, all staff will be made aware of their responsibilities and be able to respond to events following agreed procedures.