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Get ready...for business survival

Plan ahead for business stability during crises -- here are some guidelines for small and mid-size businesses.

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Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management

It's hard staying in business during the best of times. It's even harder during tough times -- especially if you're not prepared.

Small and Medium Size Risk Management Strategy

Small and medium size businesses don't usually have dedicated team members who prepare for disasters -- but it might be helpful to have the WHOLE TEAM focus on preparedness at least once a year.

Business continuity planning must account for both man-made and natural disasters. It's important to plan in advance to manage any emergency situation.

Assess the situation,
use common sense and available resources
to take care of yourself, your co-workers
and your business's recovery.

The website, READY.GOV helps you plan a business strategy to help you stay in business...and keep your team members safe. Some of the informative topics provided include:


  • Be Informed
    Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company.
  • Continuity Planning
    Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally.
  • Emergency Planning
    Your employees and co-workers are your business's most important and valuable asset.
  • Emergency Supplies
    Think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
  • Deciding to Stay or Go
    Shelter-in-place or evacuate, plan for both possibilities.
  • Fire Safety
    Fire is the most common of all business disasters.
  • Medical Emergencies
    Take steps that give you the upper hand in responding to medical emergencies.
  • Influenza Pandemic
    The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.

Team Building

They also give tips about talking to your people. And NO, it's not as hard as talking to your kids about sex or drugs! It has to do with involving co-workers, practicing the plan, and crisis communications...

Strategic Planning for Risk Management

Protecting your business investment also includes acting ahead of time to deal with insurance coverage, utility disruptions, facilities, equipment, air protection and even cyber security.

Nobody said business was easy -- and today, it's more complicated than ever. But responsible business is green business. And green business builds a sustainable community -- together.

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