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Monday, February 24, 2014

Do-it-yourself Business Continuity for small businesses

DIY Projects.  There are do-it-yourself projects for just about anything under the sun.  If you get the parts and materials, there are videos or walk-throughs that can show you how to build just about anything.
So it isn’t any surprise to me that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a little known DIY project designed help businesses and organizations develop and implement Business Continuity.

The Business Continuity Planning Suite is a FREE toolset provided by FEMA for developing and implementing Business Continuity in any size organization or across any agency.  It can be downloaded from the FEMA website and installed on any PC running Windows.  The toolset has free Business Continuity Training courses, Plan templates and instructions for both Business Continuity Planning and IT Disaster Recovery Planning, and even has exercise program development tools.

It has a step-by-step guide on how to develop and implement Business Continuity across a business or an organization.  The steps and processes are easy to understand and follow and if you ever get stuck, there is a free training course that covers each topic.

It does require a little time, but what important DIY project doesn't?  It’s just a matter of committing the effort to it and in very little time, you can have an actionable Business Continuity program running in your business or organization.

This is a great starting point for small businesses or organizations looking to bring in Business Continuity without it being costly.

This is just a very basic framework, but it can be built upon once it implemented.

The Planning Suite is an extractable ZIP file.  Unzip the file and run the main start page to access the suite.

The Business Continuity Planning Suite can be accessed and downloaded here:

I suggest you watch the short training videos in order first.  They can be accessed from the Planning Suite or directly by following the link below.

Emergency Plans for workplaces can be accessed here:

This suite will help get the process started with bringing Business Continuity to your business or organization.  And it doesn't cost anything.

Mike Minzes is the Founder and CEO of INEVOLVE SB, a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning and Implementation company located in Kennesaw, Georgia. Mike has over 20 years of experience in the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Industry. For more information on INEVOLVE SB, please visit them at GOBCP.NET .