The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires local authorities to provide business continuity advice and assistance to those undertaking commercial activities or who provide voluntary services. Local authorities may enter into collaborative arrangements with other Category 1 and 2 responders in fulfilling this duties. A key way in which Hampshire County Council has chosen to discharge this responsibility is through Business Support Officer colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service who provide support, fire-safety advice and provide business continuity guidance to local businesses.
Business Continuity entails planning what you would do to keep your business functioning in the event of a crisis. The crisis could be internal such as widespread staff sickness in a pandemic, or could be external such as being affected by a power cut.
Business continuity is about knowing the key parts of your business and planning to make sure you have the resources you need to keep them going. These resources could include staff, suppliers, premises, equipment or data.
Examples of what your plan may contain include contact lists of key staff, suppliers and customers, details of an alternative location you could work from and roles and responsibilities for who will do what in a crisis.
Emergency Planning and Resilience, Corporate Services
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court South
Phone: 01962 846 846
Fax: 01962 834 525