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Have you Planned for the Unexpected?

This week’s top tip reflects on the prevalent theme of ‘uncertainty’.  Whether it be the general backdrop of political uncertainty that has dominated our lives since 23 June 2016, the vexing Tory leadership race  as we await to see who will be our next Prime Minister or the unpredictability of our weather or unreliability of public services we take for granted.

Let’s just remind ourselves of events from the last week (if you are reading this in June 2019, we’re sure you’ll recall them, however, give it a couple of months and they will be quickly forgotten and replaced by other crises) 

  • At least 100,000 properties in south and west London were left with no running water or a limited supply after a major water pipe burst. Schools, businesses and local services were forced to close  with health services affected and appointments and operations cancelled
  • A massive South American power cut, described as ‘unprecedented’, which resulted in not just regions losing power but whole countries! 44 million people affected across  Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
  • The town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire flooded on Wednesday, June 12, after two months of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency described the situation as ‘unprecedented’ after 132mm of rain fell between Monday and Wednesday, leading to the River Steeping bursting its banks.

The recurring words are unprecedented, unexpected, uncertainty. With this in mind, it is no surprise we are seeing a resurgent interest in business continuity as organisations large and small are trying to work out how they can best prepare for the unexpected and how to manage the impact of any disruption. 

So, how prepared are you? Do you have robust business continuity plans? How confident are you in your plans?

This is an ideal time to revisit your plans and stress test them using recent events and scenarios. If any of these disruptions had happened where your business is located, would you have been able to deal with a loss of utilities or a denial of access to your building? Would your people know what to do?

The other question to ask yourself is do your plans prioritise your critical activities?  We strongly recommend conducting regular business impact analyses to ensure that your strategies and plans reflect your current business activities and which will help you get up and running more quickly following a disruption, thereby preserving your reputation.

If you can’t answer the above questions confidently, then a review should be your number 1 priority.  Whether you look to do this yourself or reach out to experts like us to help, don’t delay, expect the unexpected and act now!

Alternatively, If you need more information on current best practice, register for our seminar on where we will be advising organisations on how they can improve their business continuity capabilities using  ISO 22301, the world’s leading standard in business continuity management.

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