Business Continuity Planning

Many businesses are not prepared to respond to a man-made or natural disaster. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may have all of their operations concentrated in one location that is damaged or destroyed.

Business continuity planning is vital to survival and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today’s challenges. It’s important to devote enough time and attention to planning for the future, even when that future may involve events that are unpleasant to think about and, hopefully, not likely to happen. IBHS offers a variety of resources to assist with this important planning process.



OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a free business continuity tool designed to help even the smallest businesses focus on planning for any type of business interruption, so they can quickly re-open and resume operations following a disaster. With its non-technical language and streamlined layout, any business owner can create an easy-to-use recovery plan tailored to the individual business, providing confidence if the worst occurs. 

Business owners create their own business continuity plan using the program’s eight modules. 


Download the OFB-EZ Toolkit - (PDF) 
Download the OFB-EZ Toolkit Individual Forms (PDF and Word)

Additional OFB-EZ Resources


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IBHS produces monthly articles focused on issues specific to commercial issues including business continuity. Business continuity topics covered include risk assessment; prioritizing your business processes; data and record protection; supply chain management; employee, supplier and vendor communication; using the OFB-EZ toolkit; and plan updating and testing. Learn more about these topics.