On August 2nd, a gas explosion resulted in a partial building collapse at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Thankfully, school had not started back yet so there were not many students and faculty members in the building at the time of the collapse, however there were summer program students in the building at that time. While a rumble could be felt, the students were on the far northern side of the building and the explosion occurred towards the middle of the building. Unfortunately, the explosion still left two faculty members dead and nine injured.
Situations like this are impossible to predict, which makes it very hard to determine the best way to prepare for this type of disaster. Aside from an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), which is required by OSHA to help you navigate any potential crisis, what is the best way to help your school or business return to normalcy after an incident such as this one? The answer: a Business Continuity Plan (BCP).
What is a Business Continuity Plan?
If an unexpected incident occurs, such as the Minnehaha Academy collapse, you might find it challenging to be able to continue operations as usual for a while. With any business, school or building, that is a major issue. That’s also where a BCP comes in. BCPs were created in order to be a back-up plan for businesses and instruct them on how to operate in the event of any business disruption. BCPs ensure that your business is able to not only respond to an incident, but be able to recover from any type of incident while maintaining the safety of employees. In most cases, they can also help maintain business operations throughout a disruption.
How Can a BCP Protect Me From All Potential Threats?
One of the most common questions people have when they are trying to debate whether or not they need a BCP is, “How can a BCP help me recover from ALL potential incidents? There are so many.” It’s a valid question, as there are an unimaginable number of potential threats that could negatively impact your business. The way Preparis operates is by using the All-Hazards Approach. This approach allows you to plan for the type of loss, rather than the actual incident, since it’s not realistic to list out every possible crisis that could occur and come up with a specialized plan for each one.
There are four ways that your business can be interrupted:
- Loss or failure of information technology (IT)
- Reduced workforce
- Reputational even
- Loss of facility
By simply revolving your BCP around those four losses, you will be able to adequately prepare for any potential situation that may knock on the door of your business.
To learn more about BCPs and how they differ from EAPs, click here.
To read about why business continuity awareness is so important, click here.
No Time to Write a BCP? No problem
If you are anything like most business owners, you probably are lacking free time and that is completely understandable. It’s difficult to balance family, a social life and owning a business. However, it’s still no excuse to not have a BCP. That’s why Preparis has a dedicated team of specialists who are able to help assist you with creating a BCP and EAP.
In addition to helping you create those plans, Preparis offers the following:
- Business Continuity Program Review & Gap Analysis
- Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
- Annual Plan Maintenance & Updates
- IT Disaster Recovery Plan & Support
- Emergency Notification & Incident Management, Online Training and Cloud-Based Document Sharing With the Preparis Portal
- 24/7/365 Access to Plans, Documents, Training, and Application Support With Preparis iQ
- User-Initiated Incidents, Location Mapping & Geofencing and Emergency Push Notifications with the Preparis Mobile App
If you would like to request a demo and learn more about Preparis, click here.