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September 27, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dublin, CA 94568
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National Preparedness Month Webinar: Prepare, Respond, Recover

Thursday, September 27, 2018

As part of National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a one-hour webinar focusing on effective business continuity planning.

Click on the link in the box on the right to sign up for the webinar.

Here are three steps you can take now to make your potential recovery a lot less time consuming and costly:

1. Plan to Stay in Business
For small businesses, time is money. In order to reopen faster and get back to business after a workplace disruption, create a business continuity plan using the Open for Business-EZ tool. This guide is comprehensive and easy to use.

2. Talk to Your Staff
Employees are a company’s most valuable asset. Sharing your plan with your staff will help them return to work faster and will allow your business to get back to normal more quickly and efficiently. Continually reviewing and practicing your plan with your staff will help them understand their role in disaster planning and recovery.

3. Protect Your Investment
It’s important to know which natural disasters and severe weather events pose a risk to your business. Protect your business by considering the following:
  • Review the related terms of your insurance coverage.
  • Store your important business records safely at an offsite location and save as much as you possibly can to the digital cloud.
  • Prepare your supply chain and develop relationships with alternative vendors in case your primary contractor isn’t available.
These steps can help your company mitigate the damages experienced in either a regional disaster such as a major earthquake or an isolated incident—such as a flood caused by the malfunctioning sprinkler system or building fire.

The entrepreneur with a solid disaster preparedness plan for how they will quickly renew their revenue flows and get their employees back on the job is more likely to stay in business and reopen sooner after any interruption. Planning your next move ahead of time, including incorporating the disaster assistance resources SBA provides, is an important action you can take now to protect your business and your community.