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September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

It’s National Emergency Preparedness Month Are You Prepared? By now you’ve probably held your fire drill or tornado drill or other safety preparedness drills to keep your staff safe – and if you haven’t, you should!  But in addition to that, have you considered making sure your business is kept safe and can resume operations …

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Is thunderstorm season over yet???

Many of us have had excess rain this year, accompanied by lightning!  As I’m talking with customers this summer, it seems that this rain may never end.  You may have had several opportunities so far to practice your bad-weather emergency plans with your staff.  Hopefully you’ve noted down some of the following from those experiences: …

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5 Advantages of having a Business Continuity Plan

You may have seen the statistics – only 2 out of 3 businesses have a business continuity plan, and 90% of businesses without a plan will fail following a disaster.  That’s a virtual guarantee of failure. You don’t want to be one of those businesses that failed simply because they didn’t give a little time …

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6 Signs You Might be Lucky

You might be lucky if: Despite a lack of a business continuity plan, you stay in business following a disaster – that would put you in a small group of 10%! You never have an electrical storm that affects the power in your area. You have never experienced even a mild electrical surge. The only …

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Business Impact Analysis

In the Business Impact Analysis, you list the different functions of your business, and rank the function in terms of High, Medium, or Low impact on your business’s success (hint: if you mark any activity Low Impact, consider outsourcing it – it probably isn’t worth your time to do it yourself).  Then consider how long …

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BCP Document Outline

The BCP Document Outline provides a resource to ensure that you think about all the pieces you might need in your plan.  This outline will also help you organize your thinking logically so that when someone needs to implement the plan, they can find all the appropriate resources for that particular event easily.     …

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Getting Started with your Business Continuity Plan

If you have never put together a Business Continuity Plan, then the Getting Started Guide is the place to start. Use this resource in conjunction with the BCP Development Outline. These resources introduce several concepts and help you start to think about your business in those terms. A Recovery Time Objective is the amount of …

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Business Risk Assessment Matrix

Business Risk Assessment Matrix

Business Risk Assessment Matrix When you start any business, you must calculate the risk factors.  If you start any venture without doing an assessment of the risks involved, then you may be in trouble from the start.  One tool available to you is the business risk assessment matrix.  Creating a business risk assessment matrix for …

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September is Preparedness Month – What to do – Natural Disasters

What to do when Natural Disasters strike Each year, September is celebrated as the preparedness month. It is the month when Americans are reminded of taking precautionary steps in order to protect their communities as well as family members from natural disasters as well as other such unforeseen events. The natural disasters, as well as …

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5 key parts of a business disaster preparedness plan

5 Key Parts of a Business Disaster Preparedness Plan

5 Key Parts of a Business Disaster Preparedness Plan When you’re creating a business disaster preparedness plan, it is important to understand the essential aspects of the plan. Below are the 5 key parts of a business disaster preparedness plan. 1. Communication plan: You want to restore communication lines as soon as possible. Assign this …

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