Business continuity for government
Ensuring resilience in the face of civil emergencies is a key responsibility of both local and central government. Preparedness for emergencies of all types is essential to guarantee a secure and safe society and minimise the impact on communities in the event of an incident.
Local councils typically provide a wide range of vital community services including child protection, planning, meals on wheels, waste collection and recreational services. County councils and regional authorities have an even wider remit, being responsible for education, housing, highways, health and social care among their services.
Interruption to any of these government services can cause considerable suffering or inconvenience to the taxpayers who rely on them and prevent a council from meeting its legal obligations. Business continuity management for governments
aims to minimise the harmful effects of these disruptions. It involves adopting a holistic approach to identifying and mitigating risks to critical government services so they can be quickly restored in the event of unexpected interruptions such as fire, flood, IT systems failure or the loss of a building.Government business continuity expertise
Business continuity management provides reassurance to citizens and the business community that proven contingency plans are in place to support continued council or government operations in the event of a disaster. Resilience Guard can help government departments and local authorities to identify and assess risks to their critical business activities and allocate supporting resources, analyse the impact of disruption to those activities and develop appropriate recovery strategies.
We typically start by conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) as the foundation for an up-to-date business continuity plan. This will document the procedures and resources –systems and people – needed to manage and recover from a business interruption.
Most importantly, business continuity plans should be tested and reviewed regularly, forming an integral part of a government department or council's risk management framework.
As part of Resilience Guard's consultancy services, we help government departments, local councils and responders prepare for, respond to and recover from unexpected events with services such as:
- Conducting a Business Impact Analysis to identify critical systems
- Recommending measures to strengthen the resilience of critical systems
- Economic and socio-political risk assessment and mitigation planning
- Nationwide preparedness for severe weather conditions
- Natural disaster management
- Team coordination
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