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Planning for emergencies: Advice for businesses

Planning for emergencies can save time and money. This kind of planning is known as business continuity management.

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What is an emergency?

An emergency can happen without warning. Your business could lose basic services such as water, power, gas and telephones; or there could be damage or the threat of damage to your business from flooding, fire or explosion. 

It pays to be prepared. And if you prepare for the worst, you can deal with smaller incidents more easily.


Make a plan for emergencies

Planning helps you to focus on the parts of your business that you can’t afford to lose. These could include information, stock, buildings, utilities and important members of staff. Find and check the risks to your business and look for ways to keep going if it disrupts your normal business. Use our plan template as a guide.

If you plan, you can:

  • protect your business and recover quicker
  • protect your reputation
  • increase the knowledge of your staff
  • build your teams
  • solve possible problems in advance
  • find other suppliers quickly if you need to
  • stay competitive.

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