Would your business cope in an emergency? What would happen if you needed to close your business for a few weeks?
Effective business continuity management helps companies and organisations to anticipate risks and plan a response ahead of time. This helps to recover faster and get back to work sooner after a major disruptive event like a fire, a flood or even a significant IT failure.
The West Mercia Local Resilience Forum (WMLRF) produces a Community Risk Register (CRR). This register localises the national risks and threats identified at a national level. Reviewing the CRR will allow business to understand the wider national picture and provide an opportunity to assess their own risks. View the Community Risk Register.
'Expect the unexpected' provides guidance to help businesses build resilience to deal with the impact of a major incident or disaster.
If you don't have business continuity in place yet, visit the Business Emergency Resilience Group for readiness tests and toolkits to help identify risks and prepare to meet them and recover successfully.
Be Cyber Aware and protect your business from data breaches and cyber attacks. The National Cyber Security Centre provides detailed advice on Cyber Security. View the guidance for small businesses. Following the advice provided will go some considerable way to help preventing a cyber attack on your business.
If you believe that you or your business has been the victim of online fraud, scams or extortion then you should report it to Action Fraud website: (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime). Action Fraud are the link to the police intelligence and investigating authorities.
Are you aware of the changes to Data Protection? The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are came into effect in May 2018. Read the latest GDPR guidance.
At risk of flooding? Are you signed up to the Environment Agency (EA) flood warnings?
Would your business stay afloat? (PDF) is a useful guide on how to make sure your business doesn't 'sink' after a major, unexpected event.
Recovery from flooding
If you have been affected by flooding there are a number of sources of information to assist you in your recovery. The National Flood Forum is a good source of information.
Always ensure that you inform your insurance company at the earliest opportunity.
The following documents provide guidance:
The Herefordshire Council Local Resilience Team is available to discuss business continuity matters, please contact us at email@example.com