It's easy to get your business prepared for an emergency

Why develop a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)?

Running a small or medium-sized business keeps you busy. You know you should plan for a disruption, either whether a major earthquake or a minor power cut. However, you struggle to find the time to do so. Our It’s Easy: Prepared Businesses is designed for a business like yours.

We have developed a simplified guide and tool to help you get the essentials in place. No complex planning or terminology. We’ve made it easy!  Our Prepared Businesses guide walks you through 12 simple steps and helps you record your information on an editable PDF so you can access it online or offline, from your phone, tablet or computer.

Your staff will have valuable ideas, so make sure you include them as you develop your plan! This will help them get your business back on its feet as soon as possible.

Free Workshops

If you’d like to learn more about business continuity planning, we offer free workshops across the region. These workshops are open to both businesses and community organisations.  
Register for our Business Continuity Planning workshops

Community organisations

Community organisations, like community centres and not for profits provide essential support and services in the community. Completing the steps in this guide will help your organisation can continue supporting those who rely on you.  

As a part of your planning consider how your organisation’s role and the service it provides might change during an emergency.

The tools

IMPORTANT: To use these PDF templates you need to save them to your computer first. Please use Adobe Reader to enter your details as some other PDF readers will not allow you to save or print your information. Opening the PDF in your internet browser will also prevent you from saving the information.

Planning Guide

This guide will walk you through twelve steps to help you develop your Business Continuity Plan. The steps are applicable to any business or community organisation.

Business Continuity Plan template

As well as a guide we have developed a template which would hold the information you need for a Business Continuity Plan. Download the template (save it to your computer) and as you work through the guide fill in the template. Consider your specific and unique situation and answer accordingly.

Business Continuity Plan template

Business Continuity Plan template (PDF, 1.1 MB)

As well as a guide we have developed a template which would hold the information you need for a Business Continuity Plan. Download the template (save it to your computer) and as you work through the guide fill in the template. Consider your specific and unique situation and answer accordingly.

 Save this plan where to you and your staff can access it after a disruption.

Sensitive Business Information Register

Keep a separate record of sensitive business information so that authorised people can run your business or organisation should you not be able to.  See Step 7 for more information.

Sensitive Business Information Register

Sensitive Business Information Register (PDF, 1 MB)

Keep a separate record of sensitive business information so that authorised people can run your business or organisation should you not be able to. See Step 7 (above) for more information.