How prepared is your business for stormy conditions?

As Britain awoke this morning to the unprecedented damage caused by the hurricane-force winds of what has become known as St Jude’s storm, focus rightly turned to the personal tragedies caused by the adverse weather conditions. But as we all try to resume our normal lives at the beginning of the working week, the economic impact of the weather system aptly named after the patron saint of lost causes and desperate situations is yet to be assessed.

270,000 homes and businesses across the country were left without power according to UK Power Networks, both reactors in the Dungeness B nuclear power station were automatically shut down, and millions of commuters were left stranded after roads were closed because of fallen trees and flooding, and rail services and short haul flights were cancelled. In London, most train operators cancelled rush hour services before 9 am, and six Underground lines were disrupted due to debris on the tracks. As even government business was affected by a crane falling across the roof of the Cabinet Office, Downing Street said the storm would have “widespread impact” across the country. The cost to the country’s businesses is yet to be gauged, but few businesses and organisations will have been unaffected.

To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail

Such situations can cause havoc, whether because of unscheduled staff absences, supply chain logistics being affected, power outages knocking out computer networks, or even damage to buildings meaning that your offices are forced to close. The knock-on effects can be disastrous too, with the risk of economic and reputational damage, as well as a collapse in staff morale as your workforce struggles to recover from a situation you could have prepared for.

As the old saying has it, “To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.” Is your business prepared? IT Governance has a range of products from pocket guides to books to training courses to help you through disruption and ensure business continuity.

What if your staff couldn’t make it to work? How would you cope? Unplanned absences are estimated to cost the UK economy £12 billion per year. If you are no longer able to meet your deadlines or provide your customers with the service they expect, then you have a problem.  Our pocket guide on Coping With Unplanned Absences will help your organisation deal with unplanned absences so that you can ensure continuity of service.

Choosing to survive

What would you do if your business faced a major incident? What if your premises were to become uninhabitable or your data systems failed? Would your business recover? Business Continuity Management – Choosing To Survive is a book which shows you how to prepare your business both for major and minor incidents by developing and implementing your own Business Continuity Management (BCM) programme to ensure its everyday running.

Without a proper risk assessment strategy your company directors could even face prosecution if a major incident results in loss or injury. ISO22301: A Pocket Guide is designed to help you satisfy the requirements of ISO22301, the latest international standard for Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS), and assure your customers that you are prepared for the worst. Our ISO22301 BCMS Implementation Toolkit will provide you with all you need for a successful ISO22301 implementation, and successful completion of our ISO22301 Foundation Business Continuity Training Course will provide you with the IBITGC Certified BCMS Foundation (CBC F) qualification.

Avoid lost causes and desperate situations: enable your business continuity. Visit our website or call 0845 070 1750 today.