Business continuity planning is critical to private sector resiliency in the face of numerous internal and external threats in the globally networked business environment. Additionally, homeland security is dependent on the economic viability of the American business community, so the risk of inaction in the private sector is unacceptable. The pandemic influenza threat is especially taxing on businesses, and brings second order impacts with severe economic consequences for the United States as a whole. Lack of business continuity planning effort before the pandemic threat materializes among companies of all sizes will have detrimental impacts beyond the scope of this thesis. The combined pandemic-induced impacts of absenteeism, health care system breakdown, unpredictable government reactions, and general infrastructure failures will severely impact homeland and national security. These impacts will be exacerbated by add-on or seasonal disasters. Typically government officials have little fluency in private sector resiliency efforts. This thesis provides an outline of current business continuity procedures and uses pandemic influenza to model specialized business continuity recommendations. Business continuity planning is an ongoing project run by a business continuity manager within an organization. The business continuity life cycle is only successful with endorsement from organizational leaders and clear communication of objectives. Business continuity planning must be pan-organizational and include a threat assessment, risk assessment, business impact analysis, and detailed business continuity plan. The plan itself must be updated as the organization evolves over time and must be exercised regularly to ensure employees and managers are confident in its usage. Effective business continuity can guide decision makers from the time a pandemic (or other threat) emerges to the time recovery starts and help avoid foggy decisions typically caused by the stressors of a disaster. Strong decisions and communication guided by the continuity plan allow the business to avoid undue losses to personnel, capital, and/or reputation. The mitigation and planning efforts of the business continuity project builds resiliency in the business that allows it to contribute to regional response and recovery efforts. Most of all, strong business continuity efforts preserve the most important component of any business—its people.