Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a team-based, cyclical planning process undertaken to ensure the continuation of critical functions and services, at pre-determined levels, in response to disruptive events. BCP is a preparedness element of emergency management and is also known as operational risk in an enterprise risk management framework.

The BCP planning cycle identifies risks, hazards and vulnerabilities; documents potential impact upon critical functions; creates actionable continuity plans; and assists teams in exercising their continuity plan to ensure preparedness. BCP is an “all-hazards” approach to preparedness, for the focus is on the preservation of the function, or service, regardless of the type of disruption.