DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Community Futures B.C. has launched a free online tool to help businesses prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters that affect their business.

The Business Continuity Planning Tool is free for all businesses to use and aims to help business owners identify hazards to their business, core assets and functions and how to mitigate those risks.

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

“We’re excited to announce this free online tool that allows business owners to focus on what they can control when disaster strikes. It will assist you to be prepared to respond and poised to recover,” executive director Wendy McCulloch said.

“We highly recommend this tool because it has been proven to be straightforward to use and guides you easily through each step at your own pace. The future is uncertain, and the best way to face this uncertainty is with a well-made plan.”

In a release, the organization says the tool has been tested in group settings for over four years and has received “glowing reviews.”

Businesses in the Peace River Regional District and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality interested in learning more about the Business Continuity Planning tool are encouraged to reach out to Community Futures Peace Liard.

For more information, reach out to Fran Haughian at 250-782-8748 or email fhaughian@communityfutures.biz.