business continuity plan checklist – Printable

Steps in Developing and Maintaining Your Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

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Business continuity planning includes:

  • Risk analysis and controls – defining the risks to which the facilities are susceptible and the probability of occurrence.
  • Business impact analysis and time-sensitive business functions – documenting the impact to [business name] if part of the business (i.e. operating equipment, computer system, telephones) is unavailable to use.
  • Designating alternative location – in the event that the facility is uninhabitable, designate an alternate location for resumption of business activities (e.g. a partner’s conference room or facility, in-home offices)
  • Establish a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – the period of time within which systems, applications, or functions must be recovered after a disruption and [business name] is back to business as usual.  This is based upon an analysis of risk factors as well as a Business Interruption Analysis.
  • Determine recovery strategy – identify a set of viable options for recovery
  • Effectively manage implementation:
  • Emergency response procedure – initial steps to take
  • Command, control and emergency operations – where to go, who is in charge, what to do, how often to meet (e.g. every four hours)
  • Delegation of authority/responsibility
  • Track problems and changes in order to modify BCP
  • Detailed resumption, recovery and restoration procedures
  • Vendor contracts and recovery resources – hardware, interconnect devices, software to set up business elsewhere, if needed
  • Training staff – to know what to do during each potential disruption.
  • Testing the plan – practice.
  • Evaluate and update BCP – carry out carefully constructed maintenance procedures, as follows:

On a quarterly basis:


Ensure all contact lists are updated as needed:

  1. Employee list
  2. Client list
  3. Suppliers list


Add any relevant information from any activity logs that quarter.


Add/update any relevant information from any tests or walk-throughs that quarter.


Add/update any relevant information pertinent to a business acquisition or removal that quarter.