Office of Emergency Management

Preparing your Business for an Emergency


Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management's Business Partners Exchange. The purpose of this exchange is to:

  • assist business in proactively preparing for emergencies rather than simply reacting to an event as it happens;
  • provide a knowledge base for organizations to access to improve their emergency plans or to help develop emergency plans;
  • provide businesses with resources and links to information related to all aspects of business continuity planning;
  • assist in developing better public-private partnership opportunities with respect to emergency planning and preparedness; and
  • answer any questions you may have concerning emergency planning and management for businesses, large or small. Ask us at:

Plan to Protect Your Business

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Business Continuity Planning - An Overview

Planning to ensure the continued availability of essential services, programs and operations, including the resources involved is important for preparing an organization to respond to an interruption of essential business services.

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Protect Your Business: A Guide to Business Continuity Planning

In an  effort to help Toronto businesses prepare for potential emergencies, the Office of Emergency Management is pleased to provide a Guide to Business Continuity Planning.

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Define a Disaster / Emergency

A disaster is an event that disrupts mission-critical business processes and degrades their service levels to a point where the resulting financial and operational impact to an organization becomes unacceptable

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Assess Risks

The Office of Emergency Management has identified and assessed the various hazards and risks to public safety that could give rise to emergencies and has identified the facilities and other elements of the infrastructure that are at risk of being affected by emergencies. Assessing risks can range from a simple self-assessment exercise to an extensive, in depth study.