Prepare Your Business For Emergencies

Offering business continuity support and guidance. Signposts for businesses to useful resources which can be used to help to assist with improving business resilience.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the County of Dorset and beyond delivering the very best services, business information and advice.

Climate Change

If your business is weather dependent or you are interested in sustainable energy this local group can offer provide continuing professional development, information exchange, specialist training and networking.

Dorset Police Key Holder Scheme

Dorset Police provide to Business’s and Residents the ability to record emergency contact details. This is to enable a responsible person to be called out if an incident or situation happens at your property.

Advice and Guidance 

Preparing Your Business

In emergency situations, you can cope best by advance preparation and working with public sector, private sector and voluntary organizations. The Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat has developed, in partnership with stakeholders, a business continuity toolkit to help the commercial and voluntary sector implement BCM.

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) enables members to obtain guidance and support from business continuity practitioners. The following resources are examples of guidance available through their website:

The Cabinet Office has created business planning assumptions along with the National Risk Register and guidance to accompany these:

The Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) helps businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies such as flooding, cyber-attacks and civil unrest.


Counter Terrorism

  • The Counter Terrorism Forum provides advice on how to protect staff, information and assets from attacks
  • Crowded Places guides will assist owners, operators and those responsible for the security of crowded places to determine their vulnerability to attack.
  • The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is the Government authority which provides protective security advice to businesses and organisations across the national infrastructure. CPNI have produced a document titled Protecting against Terrorism which contains protective security advice
  • Managing risk, insurance and terrorism – Counting the Cost (347)

Crime Prevention and Cyber Crime

Cyber crime is a rapidly increasing risk and can cause substantial disruption to business processes resulting in lost revenue and reputational damage. Having good business continuity arrangements which include security planning can assist your business in becoming more resilient.

The following documents provide information to assist businesses in improving cyber security:

The Role of Insurance

The insurance industry is providing more advice for employers to assess and deal with the risks that they face. Insurance is an essential safety net. The floods of 2007, for instance, hit many businesses hard, not just through physical damage but also through the interruption to trading that followed.

Insurance helped to put these businesses back on their feet and pay the cost of the damage. The following documents and links provide information about the part insurance plays in increasing business resilience:

Severe Weather and Climate Change

Severe weather costs UK businesses millions in lost revenue and opportunities every year. The main reason for this is staff not being able to get to work during severe weather because roads and public transport services are disrupted, or because they must look after children unable to go to school.

Snow in particular can disrupt supply chains, making it difficult for businesses to get the supplies or services they usually rely on. It is critical to ensure business continuity arrangements consider the impacts of severe weather and climate change.

The following guides or links provide expert guidance to assist your business in improving its resilience to the impacts of severe weather and climate change:

Fuel Disruptions

Produced by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

This guidance is intended to assist organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors plan for and manage the consequences of a disruption to fuel supplies.

Infectious Diseases

The following guidance has been created which is intended to be of assistance to all organizations and businesses to help them prepare for a possible influenza pandemic.

Additional Useful Websites

  • GOV.UK – practical advice for business recovery when “disaster strikes”
  • Continuity Central – a constantly updated one-stop resource of business continuity information
  • London Prepared – primarily designed for small and medium sized businesses but with practical advice for all