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Posted: May 11, 2022

Prepare for unexpected disasters and disruptions

Community Futures has launched a new online tool that helps businesses prepare for and mitigate the impact of unexpected disruption that could affect their business.

The tool is free for all businesses to use and can be found at

Businesses across the province have been impacted by the pandemic, flooding and wildfires over the past couple of years, and that has been hugely challenging. The Business Continuity Planning Tool helps business owners identify hazards to their business, core assets and functions, and how to mitigate those risks. The tool has been tested in group settings for over four years and has received glowing reviews.

“We’re excited to announce this free online tool that allows business owners to focus on what they can control when disaster strikes. It will assist you to be prepared to respond and poised to recover. We highly recommend this tool because it has been proven to be straightforward to use and guides you easily through each step at your own pace. The future is uncertain and the best way to face this uncertainly is with a well-made plan,” said Wendy McCulloch, Executive Director of Community Futures BC

Businesses located in the East Kootenay region that are interested in learning more about the tool and helping their business prepare for disasters should attend the free information session on Tuesday, May 17 or reach out to Community Futures East Kootenay ( to find out more.

Colin O’Leary, the developer of this free planning tool and someone with a wealth of experience in disaster preparedness, will run the one-and-a-half-hour session on May 17, starting at 12 p.m. MT.

Interested businesses and non-profit organizations can register for the information session here.

Unexpected disruption can happen at any time, so be prepared for the unexpected, and make sure your business has a business continuity plan ready to go.


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