Experience from recent natural disasters in western Canada has shown that businesses with business continuity plans respond to and recover from unexpected events more quickly and effectively. A detailed emergency response and business continuity plan can maximize the chances of a successful recovery by eliminating hasty decision-making under stressful conditions.
CFCK is offering Business Continuity Planning workshops. This is an opportunity for business owners to learn how to prepare for natural disasters, minimize the impact on their business, and be positioned for recovery. The two-day course will be offered in Nelson, June 17-18, and Nakusp, June 19-20.
Business Continuity Workbook
The Business Continuity Workbook provides a step-by-step guide to the basic components of developing a business continuity plan, from risk analysis and business impact assessment to developing an evacuation plan. The workbook can be downloaded online, and includes fillable forms that make it easy for business owners to create a customized business continuity plan for their organization.
Community Futures Thompson Country hired Colin O’Leary to create the business continuity workbook as part of a series of disaster preparedness workshops. Mr. O’Leary is the former Community Recovery Manager for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and was engaged to assess the impact on businesses in the Regional District due to the 2017 wildfires. His report, “TNRD Economic Recovery Work Plan And Recovery Needs”, provided an assessment of the impact of the wildfires and identified gaps in support.
The Business Continuity Workbook is designed for small business owners and operators, and can also be used by not-for-profit organizations. You can download the workbook here.