Business As Usual: A Paper on Business Continuity Planning for Disaster Recovery

December 4, 2013

Every business is vulnerable to disasters, and the ensuing damage can rarely be predicted—it could be restricted or widespread. The question is: Is your business prepared for any type of catastrophe that might affect your operations? Do you have the capacity to remain resilient should disastrous scenarios unfold? Do you have strategies that are capable of responding to calamities? How long will it be before you can say "business as usual?" Do you have Business Continuity Plans (BCP) in your arsenal? All businesses should be capable of handling unpleasant situations in order to protect their future and guarantee the continued success of their endeavors. Preparedness, resilience, and the ability to come up with strategies to continue operations during and after a tragedy translate to progress and reduce the amount of resources needed to adapt to certain conditions. With Business Continuity Planning in place, any organization can easily make well-informed decisions during a catastrophe. Having a BCP, however, does not automatically assure resilience; it has to be doable for it to be efficient. This paper wishes to help companies understand BCP and how it can help them sustain, restore, and recover their businesses after a disaster. Here, we discuss the possible threats to business operations and share important ideas on how organizations and business owners can manage and survive disasters.