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Hoosier businesses encouraged to prepare for emergencies now

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosier businesses to prepare for every possible emergency during Business Continuity Awareness Week, May 13-17.

In recognition of the positive impacts continuity planning has on state resiliency, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, proclaimed May 13-17 as Business Continuity Awareness Week in Indiana. The state’s observance coincides with a national recognition. The week’s theme, “Investing in Resilience,” emphasizes the importance of being able to adapt and respond to an emergency with little to no disruption in daily business functions.

“When disasters occur, many private companies may not have the means to reopen,” said Scott Huffman, state continuity of operations/government planning manager. “It is imperative that organizations create a well-developed Continuity of Operations (COOP) or Business Continuity plan so they can continue to provide their much needed services.”

A Business Continuity or COOP plan provides the framework to help private businesses continue daily operations after an emergency. A well-developed plan is tailor-made for the organization, identifies risks that could disrupt services and provides alternative methods to effectively continue operations.

Business Continuity Awareness Week serves as an opportunity for organizations to review their pre-existing plan, create a plan if one is not already implemented and discuss the importance of following the continuity plan.

Organizations can share how they are participating in the week by using the #bcaw2019 hashtag on social media.

For more information on continuity planning, visit the IDHS website.

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