Is your business ready for a disaster? Use the following hyperlinks to explore some of the emergency planning resources available online. The livelihood of your business may depend on it.
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA): Ready.gov’s Ready Business Resources
Features planning tips for continuity of operations, communications, and the business case for preparedness. The site also hosts testimonials and the option to download or order planning documents. Also available in Spanish.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Emergency Preparedness Planning Guides for Business
Features resources to help improve workplace safety and health, as well as planning tools for emergency preparedness and response.
US Small Business Administration (SBA): Prepare My Business
A site specifically for small business owners, Prepare My Business reminds owners that 40 to 60% of small businesses never reopen following a major disaster. The site features planning, educational, and testing tools, as well as links to disaster assistance resources.
American Red Cross (ARC): Prepare Your Workplace and Employees
Features employee training resources for how to respond to disasters and emergency situations.
Make a Plan
When disaster strikes, you may not necessarily be with your family. Therefore it’s important to make a plan in advance in order to communicate and congregate. Ready.gov has created a Family Emergency Plan designed to make things easier and more efficient.
Make a Kit
A GO-BAG is something you pack today in hopes that you never have to use. Having certain items in a single place will help you to mobilize in case you must evacuate quickly. While this list is a good start, it isn't necessarily all-inclusive. You may also wish to keep some items in your vehicle.