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Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM.
In light of the recent earthquake and hurricane that shook up the East Coast, businesses may want to evaluate their emergency plans to be prepared for such unpredictable natural events. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, nearly two thirds of businesses report they don’t have any type of emergency plan and small-to-medium-size businesses are the most vulnerable following an emergency. In fact, 40% of businesses affected by a disaster never reopen.
So what can you do to be prepared? The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a link to the Red Cross Ready Rating Program at Ready.gov/business (under Important Information). This free assessment tool provides owners with an idea of how prepared their business is and what further steps they should take to be able to adapt, recover and stay in control during and after an emergency.
More tips and information on businesses continuity and crisis management can also be found on the site at http://www.ready.gov/business/.