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Planning for Crisis

Creating a plan in advance can help lessen the impact and speed up the path to recovery. Resources include:

  • Best practices for creating a plan
  • Avenues for financial assistance
  • Technologies that can help
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From COVID-19 to Hurricane Season: Disaster Preparedness for Small Business

Natural disasters – whether a hurricane, tornado, or outbreak like COVID-19 – can have a disastrous effect on small businesses, but they don't have to. Here's how to weather a disaster successfully.

Key takeaways:

  • What does good disaster preparedness look like
  • Top risks for small businesses
  • Steps to follow when preparing for disaster

SOURCE: 3.9.21


Disaster Preparedness

Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Pandemics. These natural disasters can devastate entire communities and small businesses along with them — even forcing some to close. That’s why it’s important to have a disaster plan in place before the unexpected occurs.

Key takeaways:

  • Steps to take prior to an emergency
  • Checklist to help manage priorities during a disaster
  • Top concerns for your business after a disaster

SOURCE:  Practical Business Skills


Disaster Planning Made Easy

The OFB-EZ (Open for Business-EZ) toolkit helps small businesses take important steps they need to keep functioning in the event of a major disaster or even a small disruption. The goal is to continue to perform the most critical operations, which will help reduce short- and long-term losses to your bottom line.
Key takeaways:

  • What you should consider when it comes to operations, employees, finances and equipment
  • How to reduce potential disruptionHow to test your plan
  • Different technologies that can help manage staff and serve customers

SOURCE:  Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety


Crisis Management: Preparation and Communications are Key Factors in Weathering Any Storm

Crises ranging from natural disasters to technological catastrophes are inevitable, but insurance customers and their agents and brokers can prepare for the inevitable and generally protect themselves from the worst of the damages—but they need to plan ahead.

Key takeaways:        

  • Importance of communicating with customers both insurance information and relevant news·      
  • What to include in a crisis plan including assessing key risks and identifying lines of communication·      
  • The six progressive steps of crisis communications

SOURCE:  Rough Notes, 4.29.20


US Small Business Administration: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan

In the wake of a disaster, access to capital, contracting opportunities, business counseling and technical training services are critical to communities, businesses, and individuals. This comprehensive plan outlines SBA’s ability to assist in businesses’ preparation for disaster through mitigating risk and increasing resilience.

Key takeaways:        

  • The five preparedness frameworks and how the SBA assists businesses in each framework
  • Loans and financial resources available through SBA to help businesses recover
  • Additional resources available through SBA including preparedness counseling and technical training 

SOURCE:  US Small Business Administration, 2019


Steps for Developing a Small Business Disaster Recovery Plan

To lessen the losses from a natural disaster and speed up the steps to recovery a disaster plan and adequate insurance are vital.

Key takeaways:      

  • Key elements of a business recovery plan
  • What to consider when reviewing insurance plans
  • Basic commercial insurance to consider

SOURCE:  Insurance Information Institute


Respond to a Disaster: Tips from the Frontline

This infographic provides the eight steps businesses should follow when impacted by a disaster.

Key takeaways:        

  • Developing backup plans for communications and crisis response teams
  • Why it is ok to over-communicate during a crisis
  • How to show support for community and employees during difficult times 

SOURCE:  US Chamber of Commerce


US Small Business Administration: Prepare for Emergencies

Smart planning can help you keep your business running if disaster strikes. You’ll want to take the right steps to prevent and prepare for disaster, and know where to get aid if you are impacted by a disaster.

Key takeaways:        

  • What to consider when preparing for an emergency including key risks and protecting equipment and data
  • Checklists and safety tips for common disasters including hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and cyber attacks
  • Disaster assistance loans and other financial recovery options to help small businesses after an event

SOURCE:  US Small Business Administration