According to Wikipedia;
A business continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under adverse conditions (i.e. interruption from natural or man-made hazards). BCP is an ongoing state or methodology governing how business is conducted. In the US, governmental entities refer to the process as continuity of operations planning (COOP).
BCP is working out how to continue operations under adverse conditions that include local events like building fires, theft, and vandalism, regional incidents like earthquakes and floods, and national incidents like pandemic illnesses. In fact, any event that could impact operations should be considered, such as supply chain interruption, loss of or damage to critical infrastructure (major machinery or computing/network resource). As such, risk management must be incorporated as part of BCP.
Please consider developing a Business Continuity Plan so that you and those families you support through employment or as a business owner can have peace of mind. For assistance please contact the Cavalier County Office of Emergency Management or go to http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity to find great resources.