Ten Tips for Contingency Planning and Crisis Preparation

Contingency planning is the process that prepares us individually, corporately and on a local and global level to respond coherently to an unplanned event.

Being involved in logistics and supply chain, it's easy to focus on big international events with intercontinental travel or problems with the weather. But it's equally important to consider smaller and more local issues.

What happens if norovirus spreads through the entire office staff? What happens if a supplier goes out of business? What happens if the dry ice machine in a small sub-Saharan Africa country breaks down?

Contingency planning can only be put in place after a thorough risk analysis of probable, possible and unlikely events occurring. All parts of the business and all levels of personnel offer input and ideas.

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