Business continuity planning ensures that an organization can remain operational as normal as possible after a disaster. Unexpected interruptions can take many forms, like an attack by a cyber-storm, flooding or the loss of important employees or suppliers. These incidents can be devastating for a company, resulting in a loss of revenue and customers as in addition to damage to the brand’s image.

A business continuity plan seeks to minimize these risks by laying out the procedures and guidelines for the business in the event of an incident. This includes identifying the potential consequences of each kind of incident, determining the steps that should be taken to minimize these impacts, and determining who should be responsible for overseeing the scenario. The process starts with a study of the business impact. The second step is putting together an emergency management team, which is the group that will take the lead in the situation of a crisis.

A BCP is not complete without training, which will allow employees to know what to do when a disaster happens. Alongside training it is vital to have a thorough and easily accessible plan as well as regularly testing the plan. During testing, it could be beneficial to add new members of the team in order to give them “fresh eyes” which may shed light the information that older members might have missed.

It is possible for disasters to strike at any time, which is why it’s important to be prepared. A well-planned business continuity plan will give your company the resources required to cope with any eventuality. This will ensure that your customers are satisfied, and increase your profitability.