Disaster can strike at any time, any place. Just as it is important to be prepared at home and in your community for these events, it is important for your business to be prepared.

Hazards your business should be prepared for include:

  • natural hazards such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes
  • health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses (like the flu)
  • human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence
  • technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure

The good news is that Ready.gov has tools to help you, 1) identify your risk, 2) develop a plan, 3) take action, and 4) inspire others.

Why is it important to prepare? Small businesses account for 99% of all companies and the immediate impact of a natural disaster is that 40% of them won’t reopen. As you can see, being able to maintain business continuity is critical.

Ready Business Toolkits

Earthquakes. Did you know that most of the United States is at risk for earthquakes? It is a hazard that your business should be prepared for no matter where you are located. Ready Business Quakesmart Toolkit

Hurricanes. Significant portions of the United States are at risk for the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes – the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Coast – with heavy rains, strong winds, flooding and more. Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit

Inland Flooding. Flooding can happen just about anywhere so most of the United States faces some risk of flooding. Ready Business Inland Flooding Toolkit

Power Outages. According to Agility Recovery, 70% of businesses or organizations will face a power outage within the next 12 months.

Approximately 44% of power outages are caused by storm-related events, and weather-related outages have doubled since 2003. Ready Business Power Outage Toolkit

Severe Wind/Tornados. While your area may not be as prone to tornadoes, most areas in the United Stats is at risk for severe winds. Ready Business Severe Wind Tornado Toolkit

What hazards have you already planned for? What might you need to address? Protect your employees. Protect customers. Ensure business continuity.

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