Australia and New Zealand experience a range of 'natural disasters' including bushfires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes and landslides, often, over the Christmas, New Year period. Natural disasters often strike with little to no warning, but their operational and economic impact to organizations can be devastating. As scientists expect the future will likely include more cases of extreme weather, organizations should leverage the calm before the storm to ensure that business continuity plans address key impacts of a natural disaster event. Preparation is the best defence against these disasters, and the time for preparing is now – before disaster strikes.
Emergency management planning is more than just planning for natural disasters – it can help your business survive through any emergency situation. Know your business' strengths and weaknesses and put strategies in place to adapt it to any scenario. Planning for the impact of an emergency rather than the emergency itself will give your business a greater chance of survival. We encourage our members to give due consideration to consider implementing a Crisis Plan and Emergency Management & Recovery Plan Guide.
The Australian Government provides very useful templates and documents to assist, please see:
Our New Zealand members can access guides on how to assess risk and what you can learn from this assessment and how this can form the basis of your emergency plan by purchasing at a small cost from Resilient Organisations the following guides:
Civil Defence has information about preparing for, and recovering from a disaster.
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