If a disaster happens while you are at work, you will need to think about how you will get home and reach your loved ones. If you own or run a business, think about how to look after your staff, and how you will keep your business running.

Businesses, both large and small, often do too little, too late, to prepare themselves for the unexpected. Failure to plan can be disastrous. At best you risk losing customers while you’re getting your business back on its feet. At worst your business may never recover and ultimately cease trading.                                                                     

Resilient business logoResilient Business (external link)  is about providing the tools to make it simpler for businesses to maintain continuity through a crisis or emergency. And the good news is, it’s not as hard as you think.                 

Being a Resilient Business is not an insurance policy against the consequences of a disaster but it does have the capacity to determine whether businesses remain operational during an unexpected event. Business resilience enhances productivity, strengthens flexibility and encourages innovation.  It makes a positive contribution to total business performance and adds value on a day by day basis.

The Resilient Business website provides user-friendly tools for the business community to adopt effective resilience strategies appropriately tailored for the size of the business. Designed and implemented through an Auckland Council initiative, this is the culmination of a collaborative and coordinated approach; a website by business for business.

The project was initiated in 2010 with a small team of businesses from across New Zealand. The approach has been to keep it simple, concise, relevant and timely. By utilising the information and tools contained in this website, you will be able to understand, develop and implement your own approach to resilience.