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Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Four business people at table planning.Disaster planning and preparedness can keep your business running even when disaster strikes. Having a plan, and being able to put it into immediate action, can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days.

According to http://www.preparemybusiness.org/planning, statistics show 90 percent of companies fail within a year of a disaster unless they can resume operations within five days. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly.

Even if the probability may be low, preparing for the disruptions such as flooding, tornadoes, wildfire, blizzards or pandemic may be pivotal to the survival of your business.

The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:

  • Program management
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Testing and exercising
  • Program improvement.

Find out more about the five steps at Ready.gov/business.

https://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-preparedness

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/workplace

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/gettingstarted.html#business

http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/sampleplan.pdf

http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity