Alarm launches business continuity management guide

Listening to Members, Alarm recognises that the impact of a disruption to public services is a risk that many have identified at a strategic level and it figures largely in corporate and strategic risk registers. In response, Alarm has produced A guide to business continuity management (BCM) and supporting presentation, providing clear help and guidance to enable local authorities and other public sector front line responders to fulfil service and statutory obligations.

The wide range of threats, the increasing reliance on technology and public expectations, often voiced through social media, all mean that the need for plans to deal with disruptions is more important than ever before. This is reinforced by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which imposes a statutory duty for organisations to be resilient. The Guide, which is an update of a previous Alarm publication, therefore contains the latest thinking on BCM for local authorities and other public services organisations. It is a useful document for those familiar with BCM as well as those new to it.

Divided into easy to access sections, the Guide explains the context for BCM and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, covers the plan, do, check, act (PDCA) cycle required to implement a BCM system and contains case studies and lessons learnt.

The Guide will provide Members with the ability to develop a robust business continuity infrastructure that will enable future resilience and help promote business as usual when facing an incident. The supporting presentation offers hints and tips that will work for any public service organisation looking to implement, refresh or improve their business continuity plan.

View the business continuity management guide and supporting presentation.


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