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A Continuity Plan Could Save Your Business


Press Release

For immediate release

16 September 2008


A Business Continuity Plan Could Save Your Business

Disasters can occur at any time for many reasons.  According to a recent survey of exporters conducted by DHL there is a need for business continuity planning with many experiencing technical failure, such as IT infrastructure, telecoms or power outages that caused business interruption within the last 12 months.

The ability for organisations to respond effectively to risks posed by hazards will have a large influence on the length of time that essential services will be unavailable, and therefore Auckland’s ability to retain economic competitiveness that could result from a hazard event.

For organisations a hazard can take on many facets whether it be a natural disaster, such as a volcano, earthquake or flooding, or a man made event such as a power outage or terrorism.  A hazard is generally something that affects the businesses ability to operate, manage and maintain our infrastructure, and contribute to society and the economy.

The Auckland Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s main focus is building a ‘resilient Auckland’.  Resilience is the capability of an individual, organisation or business to minimise the impact of severe disruption events, the ability to “bounce back”.

Business Continuity Planning is as important as the customers that support your business, said Auckland Group Controller, Harry O’Rourke.

“Businesses need to identify the risks that various hazards pose and apply business continuity planning to ensure your business, your staff, your customers, and your livelihood will be protected.’’

Preparation makes the difference between disaster and catastrophe.

By arming ourselves with the correct tools and knowledge we can as individuals, families, businesses, organisations and communities, reduce the impact that natural and manmade disasters have upon us.

The Emergency Planning Guidelines for Business are designed to help businesses prepare an effective plan.

For more information contact your local council's Civil Defence office or phone 0800 22 22 00.




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