A critical element in transforming our island’s shared vision to become a recognized leader in preparedness in Washington State is for every organization on the island to have a Business Continuity Plan.
In the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, your first priority will be to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your home. You do not want to have to worry about the survival of your organization. At the same time, the island’s recovery from a major disaster will not be easy, and cannot happen until organizations that islanders rely on every day for goods, services, and support are functioning again to empower our recovery efforts.
We know that you recognize the risk, and that having a Business Continuity Plan is an important part of your organization’s risk management efforts. We also know that you are very busy, and that preparing a plan takes time and effort. Hopefully, you already have an up-to-date plan. If not, please find one of the following resources to be useful to kickstart your team’s conversation about preparedness:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) new (as of Spring 2018) Continuity Guidance Circular (CGC)
- FEMA’s national disaster recovery framework and the economic recovery support function
- FEMA’s planning, preparation, and mitigation measures for small businesses
- Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster recovery plans
- Insurance Information Institute’s small business disaster recovery plan
- Business Continuity Plans organized by our Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce (BICC), Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA), Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF) and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island. On your own or with the help of these organizations, you decide which of these forms are applicable to your organization allowing you to scale your plan to your needs. Stay tuned for workshops to be offered Q1:2018 by these organizations as well.