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Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

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Business Continuity Planning

Schedule a free business continuity planning workshop sponsored by the Utah Division of Emergency Management. Email us at or call 801-538-3400

12 Point Program to Business Continuity Planning

  1. Creating a Planning Team/Continuity of Authority
    Participants will discuss the importance of creating a planning team and who should be included. Creating a chain of command with Continuity of Authority maintains leadership during any type of operational interruption.

  2. Communications
    Maintaining reliable communications with employees, key personnel customers, vendors and first responders can minimize confusion during any type of event.  Options and solutions for a communications plan will be discussed.

  3. Identify hazards to your business, and their impact. Then mitigate them.
    Identify the natural, or man-made, hazards that could afflict your business, whether the physical site, the operations, or any services you rely upon. Next, rate your vulnerability to these identified hazards and then identify the assets that would be affected. Finally, calculate the impacts of those affects to your business. Your findings will drive any mitigation efforts as your next step.

  4. Internal/External Resources and Capabilities
    Each business or organization has internal and external resources that can be utilized for emergency response and recovery. Participants will learn to identify what capabilities are currently available and how to develop others.

  5. Vulnerability Assessments
    This point will cover a vulnerability assessment to determine probabilities; estimates impact and assess resources using a numbering system to identify certain types of interruptions.

  6. Essential Business Functions
    Your bottom line could depend on how quickly you are able to resume normal business operations – but what needs to be operating first? Planners will learn how to focus on the most essential of a company’s business functions to determine the “what, who and how” of business resumption.

  7. Human Resources
    The human resources within your organization are likely your most valuable assets. Discover the skills and specialized training that cannot always be replaced with outside resources.

  8. Workplace Evacuation and Sheltering Plan
    Training employees in a simple evacuation or fire drill plan prepares them to respond without confusion during an actual emergency event. Assigning responsibility to assist customers, clients or patients out of the facility increases exit efficiency. Where should they go, what should they take, how long should they plan to stay away --or is it safer to shelter in place?

  9. Workplace Emergency Supply Items
    Emergencies are unpredictable and could happen during working hours. Is your workplace prepared with necessary supplies to sustain occupants for 8–12 hours if necessary? This session will provide participants with supply lists for practical emergency kits for the office and vehicle.

  10. Insurance Coverage/Reviews
    Would your insurance claim benefit be enough to keep you in business? Each month businesses pay a premium, confident that their coverage will be sufficient in case of an emergency yet fewer than 10% of Utahn’s carry earthquake insurance. Identify alternate types of insurance to cover possible gaps.

  11. Vital Records
    Could you provide vital documents or records upon request to an insurance provider, banker or tax accountant? Recognizes types of records that are vital to the survival of a business or organization.

  12. Data Protect/Store/Recover
    A major cause of business interruption is a result of a significant data loss.  Human error, power failure, a facility fire – all could be the cause. What should an organization do to protect, store and recover vital records and safeguard their cyber system?

To request a Be Ready Business workshop at no-cost, contact:

Department of Public Safety
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Be Ready Business
1110 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 538-3400

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