Prepare

BERG’s 10 minute plan is designed to help small to medium-sized businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, such as flooding, cybercrime and civil unrest.

Take 10 minutes to help prepare your business

Whether you are a large, medium or small business disruptions can happen anywhere at any time. Disruption to people (customers and staff) and logistics (supply chain, utilities and transport) are the most frequently occurring problems

Unfortunately, small and medium-sized businesses are often more vulnerable and major disruptions can often prove fatal.  Taking time to plan and prepare your business can save you time and money when something untoward happens.

Download the 10 Minute Plan and follow the three simple steps.

Following our straight forward practical steps could lessen the impact on your business, and reduce insurance premiums and claims.

1. Emergencies

Consider the following impacts on your business

  • Access to site and premises prevented

  • Disruption from external events such as a terrorist incident, flooding or fire

  • Critical equipment fails or a major supplier goes out of business

  • Loss of electricity, water or gas

  • Disruption to key transport networks

  • Key staff are absent at the same time

  • Burgled or vandalised office

  • IT and telecommunications outages

2. Plan ahead

What could you do to protect your business?

  • Consider insurance limits – excess and coverage terms and conditions, watch for small print and under insurance

3. Communicate

How should you communicate?

  • Capture Business Emergency Contacts – download the 10 Minute Plan and use the template for documenting key contacts

  • Detail important information and contacts, including staff, emergency, customers and suppliers

  • Communicate to staff

  • Regularly review and update contacts (every 3 to 6 months)

  • Keep contacts in a safe place / offsite

  • Regularly test and check key elements of the plan (every 3 months to 6 months)

  • Create an emergency ‘grab bag’ – key documents, plans and contact details

Download the 10 Minute Plan.

Download BERG's 10 minute plan with relevant information for Scotland.

Preparing for different types of emergency

Find out more about preparing for different types of emergency, including.

  • IT and fraud

  • Flooding

  • Illness and pandemic flu

  • Terrorism

Read more.

Further information

Read more on...

  • How the government prepares for emergencies

  • National Risk Register

  • British Red Cross

  • Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications

Read more.