Step 5 - test and update your plan
It is essential to update your business continuity plan on a regular basis and each time something changes. Remember to inform your insurance company and other key contacts that things have changed. It is also essential that you test your plan. Involve all of your staff and familiarise them with their roles and what to expect.
Questions you'll need to ask
- Do you have a regular testing programme so that you can check that your plan is still fit for purpose?
- Does everyone know what they have to do in an emergency situation?
- Do you keep you plan up to date?
You might only discover the gaps in your business continuity plan when you put it into action. Testing and regularly revising it should help you to ensure that it becomes a 'living document' that remains up to date and effective for your business.