EBOOK

AFTER THE DISASTER

How COVID-19 reignited the conversation about business continuity planning.

When the worst-case scenario actually happens

It’s hard to plan for the worst-case scenario. While most organizations have plans in place for a possible natural disaster or other short-term business interruption, the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark reminder of just how quickly life, business and the world can change.

"Over 70% of businesses saw a decrease in sales within two months of the COVID-19 outbreak, and over 75% have experienced interruptions to their supply chains."

- Share of workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States as of March 24, 2020, by effect.” Statista.com. March 30, 2020.

As the first wave of the global pandemic begins to finally wane, business and government luminaries are working through myriad options for reopening economies in hopes of returning quickly to something approximating “normal.”

 

But many experts predict a possible second wave that has business leaders scrambling to determine how prepared their organizations are to withstand another prolonged interruption — either now or sometime in the near future. Organizations lacking current, thorough and expertly-crafted business continuity (BC) strategies are most vulnerable to losing everything should another wave hit.

 

This eBook highlights how the pandemic has reignited conversations about business preparedness and resilience and describes key considerations and actionable steps businesses should take to create, regularly update, test and modify their BC plans so they can remain adequately prepared for the next crisis.