Business continuity planning is an important process that makes sure key critical business functions continue, no matter what kind of incident threatens to bring matters to a standstill.
Powys County Council has a duty to promote business continuity to the business and voluntary sectors by encouraging them to make plans for disasters such as floods, fires, power outages and a loss of key staff.
Effective business continuity planning helps businesses and organisations to anticipate risks and plan a response ahead of time. Experience shows that developing a business continuity plan, can help to reduce the impact and costs of an emergency. It means that your organisation is much more likely to be able to continue trading/delivering services should an incident occur.
Although major emergencies in Powys are rare, smaller scale disruptive incidents affect us much more frequently and highlight the need for us to be prepared.
The aim is to ensure that local organisations are ready for an emergency that may affect their ability to provide a service to the public. Therefore, if an incident occurred there should be less impact on the local economy and community life will return to normal as quickly as possible.
Why do you need a business continuity plan?
Experience has shown that organisations with business continuity arrangements in place are more likely to stay in business and recover quickly in the event of an emergency than those who do not. It is not only the major emergencies that disrupt organisations; a wide range of day-to-day disruptions can threaten the smooth running of an organisation.
Developing a business continuity plan will assist you to manage your risks to ensure that, at all times, your organisation can continue operating to at least a pre-determined minimum level. This will enable you to continue service delivery during and beyond a crisis.
If you don't have business continuity in place yet, take 10 minutes to prepare right now with the Business Emergency Resilience Group's 10 Minute Plan
The Expecting the unexpected: Business continuity in an uncertain world document prepared by HM Government contains useful advice on business continuity. The website exists to provide information to the public, businesses, and voluntary/community groups on the risks and what to do if an incident occurs.
If you require further assistance or wish to discuss any particular issues concerning business continuity, you can contact out Business Continuity and Risk Management Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Find out if you are at risk of flooding and how to prepare in advance on the Natural Resources Wales
Should you believe that you are at risk of flooding you can register with Natural Resources Wales for free flood warnings.
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For more information see our flooding alerts and advice page.
Community Risk Register
A statutory requirement under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is the consideration of the likelihood and impact of a range of hazards occurring within the Dyfed Powys Police Force area.
To help us decide where we should concentrate our efforts in emergency planning terms, it is important that we continue to assess the potential risks to our County. The importance of risk assessment is emphasised by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. A statutory requirement under the Act is the consideration of the likelihood and impact of a range of hazards occurring within the Dyfed Powys Police Force area.
The community risk register and more information can be found on the Dyfed-Powys Local Resilience Forum Website.
This work is an ongoing process. The risk assessments included in the register will only cover non-malicious events (i.e. hazards) rather than threats (i.e. terrorist incidents). The inclusion of hazards or scenarios does not mean that the Local Resilience Forum believes the risk will materialise, or that if it were to do so, it would be at that scale. The risk scenarios are rather, reasonable worst case assumptions upon which the risk assessment is based.
The Community Risk Register is the first step in an emergency planning process and it will help us and our partners ensures that the plans we develop are proportionate to the risk and ultimately help us to help you.