Make a Plan: Business

The Point

It is very important to make a Business Continuity Plan. Each business is different. One plan cannot work for another. The following 15 areas of building a Business Continuity Plan will provide tools and resources to help you build your plan.

Do This

Build a Business Continuity Plan. With your planning team, take the online Business Continuity Planning training (free), or follow the links below to each of the 15 points of Business Continuity Planning and use the tools and resources in each to help you build your own Business Continuity Plan.

Contact Us: If you have questions, desire a consultation, or want a presentation or in-person training, please contact the Be Ready Business Program Coordinator by emailing


Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Templates

Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Templates



15 Points of Business Continuity Planning


1. Create a Planning Team


2. Determine Essential Business Functions


3. Identify Risks and Hazards / Rate Vulnerabilities


4. Family First / Preparedness at Home


5. Business Supply Chain Resilience


6. Communications and Continuity of Authority


7. Alternate Locations, Reconstitution, Devolution

8. Financial Resilience and Insurance Coverage

9. Workplace Emergency Supply Cache


10. Vital Records Protection


11. Cybersecurity Measures


12. Emergency Response Plans


13. Employee Training

14. Test, Exercise, and Evaluate the Plan

15. Neighbors Helping Neighbors / Thinking Beyond Your Borders

12 Areas of Preparedness

Utah Hazards

Expert Contacts:

Presenters, Consultants, technical support, etc.

Find a subject matter expert for any of the business continuity planning principles.

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Stories: Businesses in Disasters

“They Hoped it Would Never Happen”

Stories of the private sector impacted by disaster. Those who had a plan and those who did not, and how that impacted their resilience.

Stories of Businesses in Disasters

Private Sector Preparedness Council

A Private Sector Preparedness Council (PSPC) helps connect the community's private sector to emergency preparedness principles and practices.

Private Sector Preparedness Councils
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Online Business Continuity Planning Training

This training is free and walks through all the continuity topics and tools to help you build your continuity plans. Provided by the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) and Utah Division of Emergency Management.

Access Course

Be Ready Business Recognition Program

The Business Continuity Planning tools or the Online BCP Training will help you fulfill the requirements for being recognized as a prepared business. See the requirements and what you earn by completing them.

Recognition Criteria
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Toolkit: Building a Whole Community Preparedness Coalition

It takes involving the whole community for a community to be prepared. Here are the tools to do it.

Whole Community Coalition Toolbox
Whole Community Coalition Webpage

Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (O.P.E.N.) Training

OPEN teaches 10 preparedness actions to help your organization remain OPEN. OPEN includes both a web-based, self-guided training, and a downloadable instructor kit that will guide participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions. 

OPEN Training
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Every business relies on computers and the Internet, making this human-caused hazard one of the likeliest and largest threats your company faces. Educate your employees on safe Internet use and harden your systems against attacks.


Workplace CERT

Build a workforce that knows how to respond in a disaster. The Workplace Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Starter Guide will help you. See the CERT Website to learn more about CERT.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)


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