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Businesses unite to be prepared for disasters - 4 March 2014

Many businesses in the Gympie region are no stranger to business interruption – whether as a result of natural disasters or operational causes.

Gympie regional council in partnership with Volunteering Queensland is giving local businesses the opportunity to attend a free workshop to help them be better prepared in the event that their business operations are interrupted – no matter what the cause. The free workshop will be held Wednesday March 26 from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Old Bank Building, cnr Nash and Channon Sts Gympie.

The Gympie region's Business Roundtable EXTEND event will provide the opportunity to learn and share information about being better prepared and better connected. Participants will take away local Emergency Contact Lists and get help starting their own Business Continuity Plan. 

Governance and Economic Development Portfolio Councillor, Tony Perrett said, "If you are in business and are unsure about attending this event, statistics reveal that 50% of Australian small and medium size enterprises have no business continuity plan while only 16% of larger firms are without a plan. Australian research has also shown that every $1 spent on resilience and continuity measures saves $10 during post-interruption recovery – a valuable investment for any business owner."

Volunteering Queensland CEO, Perry Hembury, said businesses have a better chance of recovering following a major interruption if they've got business continuity plans in place. For a severe interruption that affects a large number of businesses, such as a natural disaster, communities as a whole respond more positively and bounce back quickly if their local businesses can reopen and start operating as soon as possible. 

"Resilience only happens when individuals and businesses are prepared for interruptions and can access resources and support so they can get back to work quickly,"

Mr Hembury said "We want to see all small to medium businesses become resilient and have the plans, systems and networks in place to help them bounce back stronger than before."

Good business continuity plans will help to keep a business up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, supply chain problems and more, including natural disasters.

"When businesses unite at these roundtables they create strong ties by sharing their experiences, real local knowledge and developing initiatives that help individual businesses to be better prepared – and that together, enhancing their communities potential for resilience," Mr Hembury said.

For more information or to register your attendance, please contact Sue-anne Higgins at Sue-anne.Higgins@gympie.qld.gov.au or telephone (07) 5481 0743.

Find out more about Business Roundtable EXTEND at www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au/brte