Community Futures has launched a free online tool to help businesses with emergency preparedness planning.

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.

“This free online tool allows business owners to take steps now to reduce any negative impacts that a disaster or emergency will have on their business in the future,” said Andrea Wilkey, executive director of Community Futures Central Kootenay. “The best time to strategize is when you’re not in an emergency situation.”

The past two years have been challenging for businesses of all sizes. British Columbia experienced multiple natural disasters on top of having to cope with the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the economy.

Tanya Finley, owner of Finley’s Bar and Grill, completed a Business Continuity Plan for her restaurant in Nelson.

“We are living in a world of very uncertain times and being prepared is key,” Finley said. “I find myself feeling a sense of calm since having my Business Continuity Plan ready to go.”

The Business Continuity Planning Tool guides you through each step of planning for an emergency, from gathering your key documents and contact information to creating a grab and go kit. You can work through each step of the planning process at your own pace. 

Kootenay business owners can sign up for a webinar on Wednesday, June 15 at noon, to learn more about the tool and how to prepare for a disaster.

To register for the webinar and/or start using the Business Continuity Planning tool for your business, visit

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