Advice for Businesses

Advice and information on how to prepare a Business Continuity Plan.


  • How to cope with a sudden significant reduction in staff
  • How to cope with loss of building access
  • How to cope with a loss of mains electricity, gas or water
  • How to cope with significant disruption to transport

Prepare your business for a major emergency

If you own or are responsible for a business or organisation, have you considered the impact of an emergency on your business?

We encourage all businesses and voluntary organisations to prepare Business Continuity plans.  These will help you survive a disruption and return to normal activity as soon as possible following a major emergency.

How would your organisation cope with the following?

  • A sudden significant reduction in staff?
  • Loss of building access?
  • Loss of mains electricity, gas or water?
  • Significant disruption to transport?
  • Disruption to the availability of fuel?
  • Loss of telecommunications or internet?
  • Loss or disruption to your computer systems?
  • Disruption which affects your key suppliers or partners? What if they go into liquidation?

Do you know?

  • How you would contact your staff in an emergency?
  • Where you can find staff emergency contact details, including next of kin contacts?
  • How long a major emergency affecting your premises might have an impact on your normal activities?
  • If you have staff with additional skills which may help in an emergency?
  • Where to go for advice during an incident?

If you cannot answer these questions, and would like to seek advice, please contact the Emergency Planning team.

Advice for Parish and Community Groups

You and your community can complement the work of local emergency responders and reduce the impact of an emergency on your community both in the short and long term.

Emergencies happen. Local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those with greatest needs during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. There will be times when you may be affected by an emergency but your life is not in immediate danger. During this time, you need to know how to help yourself and those around you by becoming more resilient.

The first step to community Resilience is to work with your local authority to produce a Community Resilience Plan.

  • Identify your community.
  • Identify and assess localised risks.
  • Assess community skills and resources.
  • Identify key locations.
  • Produce an emergency contact list.

For more detailed advice and plan templates, contact the emergency planning team or call 01206 282222