Small Firm Business Continuity Plan Template (BCP)

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What should a business continuity plan include? How do you write a business continuity plan?

Every day brings new projects, emails, documents, and task lists, and often it is not that different from the work you have done before. Many of our day-to-day tasks will be in danger when a disaster strikes. A way to prepare for the worst is by creating a disaster plan. It's not necessary to start from scratch, since many have gone before you. An easy way to start working on your Business Continuity Plan is by using this template.

This BCP template is an optional guide to SMEs to assist them in fulfilling their need to create and maintain business continuity plans (BCPs) and emergency contact person lists.  You are free to edit the Business Continuity Plan Template as you see fit.  It contains the following TOC:

  • How to Use This Plan
  • Objectives
  • Scope
  • Assumptions
  • Changes to the Plan/Maintenance Responsibilities
  • Plan Testing Procedures and Responsibilities
  • Plan Training Procedures and Responsibilities
  • Plan Distribution List
  • Business Function Recovery Priorities
  • Relocation Strategy and Alternate Business Site
  • Recovery Plan Phases
  • Disaster Occurrence
  • Plan Activation
  • Alternate Site Operations
  • Transition to Primary Site
  • Vital Records Backup
  • Restoration of Hardcopy Files, Forms, and Supplies
  • On-line Access to {{ORGANIZATION NAME}} Computer Systems
  • Mail and Report Distribution
  • Purpose and Objective
  • Recovery Team Descriptions
  • Recovery Team Assignments
  • Personnel Notification
  • Team Contacts
  • Team Responsibilities
  • Business Continuity Coordinator
  • EOC Communications Team
  • EOC Human Resources Team 
  • EOC Administration Team 
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Information Technology Recovery Team (See also Disaster Recovery Plan)
  • Recovery procedure
  • Purpose and Objective
  • Recovery Activities and Tasks
  • PHASE I:  Disaster Occurrence
  • PHASE II: Plan Activation
  • PHASE III: Alternate Site Operations
  • PHASE IV: Transition to Primary Operations
  • Appendix A - Employee Telephone Lists
  • Appendix B - Recovery Priorities for Critical Business Functions
  • Appendix C - Alternate Site Recovery Resource Requirements
  • Appendix D - Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Locations
  • Appendix E - Vital Records
  • Appendix F - Forms and Supplies
  • Appendix G - Vendor Lists
  • Appendix H - Desktop Computer Configurations
  • Appendix I - Computer System Reports
  • Appendix J - Critical Software Resources
  • Appendix K - Alternate Site Transportation Information
  • Appendix L - Alternate Site Accommodations Information
  • Appendix M - Severity Impact Assessments
  • Appendix N - {{ORGANIZATION NAME}} Business Impact Assessment
  • Appendix O - Recovery Tasks List
  • Appendix P - Recommended {{ORGANIZATION NAME}} Office Recovery
  • Appendix Q - Guides to EMS

When your business is disrupted, it can cost a lot of money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses mean reduced profits! Your insurance maybe does not cover all the costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. Development of a business continuity plan includes four steps:

  1. Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and the resources that support them.
  2. Identify, document, and implement to recover critical business functions and processes.
  3. Organize a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business disruption.
  4. Conduct training for the business continuity team and testing and exercises to evaluate recovery strategies and the plan.

Using this SME BCP template guarantees you will save time, cost, and effort! It comes in Microsoft Office format, is ready to be tailored to your personal needs. Completing your disaster strategy has never been easier!

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