We have confidence that the emergency services will play their part in any serious incident, however, we may not be too sure of what happens next, how we will be kept informed, or how we will get back to business.
Business Continuity Planning
This is where BCP - Business Continuity Planning comes in. Its purpose is to ensure that you are able to respond sensibly, both as individuals and as an organisation. Since the planning process tells you where the risks are highest and the potential greatest, you are better able to foresee problems and guard against them developing into serious disruptions.
Big, medium or small businesses can all be targets for disruption.
The incident need not be a big event, a localised sudden flash flood producing 1.5 - 2.5 inches of rain will be enough to threaten any business as we saw in the local July 2007 floods.
There is plenty of help and advice available.
The Cabinet Office website on preparing for emergencies provides various advice and assistance from tool kits to specific advice that deals with potential threats such as pandemic influenza and fuel shortages.
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure website provides up to date information from computer virus threats to risk assessments.
To review advice on insurance matters information can be found on the Association of British Insurers website.