Business Continuity Plan Template With Instructions and Example Available at (US and UK)

Here is a complete ready-to-use fill-in-the-blanks business continuity plan template you can use as-is or customize as needed to your specific requirements. 

It also includes a free download of an electronic version of the business continuity template in MS Word so you can start working on it right away with no retyping or formatting required.

​To make this as painless as possible, there are 
step-by-step instructions for each section which details the type of information needed to be entered in and I have included a fully filled-out example of a completed business continuity plan
 so you can see what the final plan looks like.

​Experience shows it is most effective to learn from examples and being able to see what the final product is. 

Either way, this is a logical straightforward process that makes a lot of sense to do so that you have a workable plan to follow in the event of a disaster or emergency. The time to plan is now, when everything is working well.

The Business Continuity Template With Instructions And Example is available right now on

This is a complete ready-to-use hit-the-ground-running template with detailed instructions to guide you through completing each section.  There is also a completed example to show you what an effective Business Continuity Plan looks like.  This is not just a teaser to encourage you to buy something else.  Everything you need is included in one package.

A Complete Template For Quickly And Easily Creating A Working BCP; including Step-By-Step Business Impact Analysis, Risk Assessment, Disaster Recovery Planning, and more!

You do not need to spend $1,000’s for consultants or fancy software. 

This is perfect for small businesses and limited budgets

Here's what the template includes, and it can be customized to your specific needs:

Section I - Plan Overview and Contact Information 
1. Plan Summary 
2. Plan Approval 
3. BCP Leadership Roles and Responsibilities 
4. Internal Contact Information 
5. External Contact Information (Customers) 
6. External Contact Information (Suppliers and Business Service Providers) 
7. Utilities and Facilities Services 
8. Financial Services Contact Information 
9. Regulatory Agency Contact Information 
10. Critical Records and Systems 
11. Backup Locations 
12. Backup Service Provider and Supplier Information 
13. Emergency Services Contact Information 

Section II - Business Risk Assessment and Impact Evaluation 
14A. Business Process Risk Evaluation 
14B. Business Process Disruption Impact Evaluation 

Section III - Pre-Emergency Planning 
15. Risk Mitigation 
16. Emergency Materials and Supplies 

Section IV - BCP Plan Activation and Implementation 
17. Plan Activation 
18. Plan Implementation 

Section V - BCP Plan Deactivation and Restoration of Normal Operations 
19. BCP Plan Deactivation 
20. Return To Normal Operations 

Section VI - BCP Plan Testing 

Section VII - BCP Plan Maintenance 

Plus Bonus Material Included:

BONUS #1: Electronic Template

Includes ready to use editable template. A MS Word document which you can start using immediately, just fill in the blanks.  No need to write this from scratch.

BONUS #2: Family Emergency Plan

Personal Emergency Plan For Yourself and Your Family. Having your business taken care of is not going to be your main concern if your family is not taken care of first.  This is a must-have. 

BONUS #3: Top Reasons Why BCPs Do Not Work And How To Avoid Them

Business Continuity Planning Essentials; Key Requirements for Effective BCPs, Common Mistakes and What To Watch Out For. Learn from the mistakes of others, up front before you have to find out the hard way.

A BCP will enable you to plan ahead, because you want to stay in business in the event that an unforeseen disaster or emergency happens that interrupts your business operations. In situations such as this, you want to know clearly what needs to be done to keep business running. You need to be prepared so that panic does not cause you to make inappropriate and ineffective decisions which will hurt your business. 

The BCP plan provides a clear roadmap of what to do, when to do it, and who needs to do it. Having this plan in place will give you a valuable tool to guide you through the disaster and provide peace of mind knowing what to do to keep your business running.

Examples of What Is Included In The Template:

How To Prioritize What Requires BCP Based On Real Business Data 
(It's Not Realistic To Make Everything A Top Priority)

Risk is defined as the combination of how likely a key operation will be disrupted, how much time before the business experiences the negative impact of losing the operation, and how much this disruption will hurt the business performance. 

Example 1: The manufacturing plant can be shutdown for several months in the event that the river running through the property overflows and floods the building.  Some flooding has occurred once every 3 years with major flooding occurring on average every 25 years.  This will result in loss of sales within 2 days).

Example 2: A backup manufacturing site is qualified and PO-##### is issued to Company Z to enable startup of production within 1 day in the event of an emergency at the primary manufacturing facility.  A new manufacturing site has been identified and a project initiated to relocate primary manufacturing to this site by 15-JUN-20## .
The high risk items are the ones which should receive the most attention when designing and implementing the Business Continuity Plan.  These are the items which will hurt the business the most if they are not adequately addressed.
The worksheet table found in the Business Continuity Plan Template used to calculate risk is shown below:

How To Set Up A Communication Strategy
(Develop A Contact Tree To Ensure Critical Information Can Be Communicated)

In the event of an emergency or disaster, it is critical to have contact information for all personnel to be able to quickly share important information as it becomes available and to quickly account for all personnel. The most useful format for this information, in the event of an emergency, is to set it up as one or multiple contact trees (depending on how big your organization is). 
The contact tree is a structured hierarchical format with multiple levels which look like a pyramid if you draw them in a diagram (see example below). 

An example contract tree structure is shown below.  

The full template with instructions, worksheets and a completed example (Plus an electronic copy of the template for download)  is available at