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Emergency Planning and Business Continuity

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2019

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is running from Monday 13 May through to Friday 17 May 2019.


The theme is 'Investing in Resilience' and is aimed at businesses to think about Business Continuity and invest in Business Continuity Management within your organisation; however large or small.

This is an annual event run by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to raise awareness of the benefits of forward planning to protect your business and staff.


For more information on free webinars and to download posters to display, please go to the BCI's website BCAW 2019 page.

Please review this information on Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning

Any incident whether it is large or small, accidental or deliberate, can cause major disruption to your business. However, by planning in advance you will be able to resume your day to day business sooner.

This is where business continuity planning (BCP) comes in. Its purpose is to help you to prepare strategies to cope with disruptions so that you can continue to deliver your business' critical activities and reduce potential harm to staff.

By understanding the risks facing the everyday running of your business or organisation, you are better able to foresee problems and guard against them developing into serious disruptions.

Why have a business continuity plan?

It is important to plan for unforeseen circumstances. For example, what would you do if your workplace catches fire?

Some hard decisions will have to be made, and made quickly. For instance:

• What do you do with all your staff?

• How do you tell the community/customer that you cannot provide 'business/service as usual'?

• How do you meet important deadlines?

The list of questions grows, and so do the levels of uncertainty and anxiety. Without a BCP you will have to rely on an ad-hoc approach to deal with these issues.

For further information on business continuity, please visit the Business Continuity Institute.  

Protecting your business

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has issued a guide for small and medium sized enterprises to help protect their business.


For further information, please download NaCTSO Counting the cost - Managing risk, insurance and terrorism

The Home Office has also produced guidance on protecting businesses.

Cyber security

Cyber-attacks and data breaches have proven to be two of the greatest concerns for business continuity professionals for several years running.

Cyber security's core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both online and at work - from theft or damage. It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ has produced guides to help your business to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost.

• Self Employed and Sole Traders

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Would your business stay afloat? A guide to preparing your business for flooding

Make sure your business is prepared for flooding, one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the UK. The Environment Agency have prepared a simple guide on some of the easy actions that you can take to make sure that your business is as well as possible. Have a look at the business checklist on page 16 of this document to see if your business is prepared for flooding.

Download the Environment Agency - Would your business stay afloat? 


Business Continuity Plan

For further information on Business Continuity Plan please click on the following downloadable document:
Business Continuity Guidance Forms

Unscheduled School Closures

The guidance for unscheduled School Closures due to bad weather is available for parents and carers at 
Please view the document below in respect of pandemic advice:


Lockdown Procedures for Schools

Please review the below document, based on information developed and supplied by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTO).  This template document is provided in MSWord format, so you can download and tailor the content to suit your school environment:

Lockdown Procedures for Schools Guidance 2018 Version 1