Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their businesses successful, yet many owners do not properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. Disaster recovery is challenging. The ultimate goal is to expedite the recovery of critical functions and manpower following a disaster.
Before you think “it will never happen to me or my business” consider just a couple of facts. 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months after suffering a cyber-attack. There is a 72% probability of an earthquake magnitude 6.7 or greater striking somewhere in the Bay Area before 2043 according to the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities.
And this doesn’t even include the potential disruptions to your business posed by extreme weather, public health emergency, resource emergency (disruption of water, electricity, gas, Internet…), hazardous material incident, terrorism, flood, and landslides. The first step is to figure out the problems you may face and plan for how to get past them.
General Preparedness Resources:
- Understand your Insurance Coverage
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Emergency Preparedness
- PrepareMyBusiness.org Planning
- Ready.gov Business
- FEMA Preparedness Resources
- Five Ways to Prepare for Business Interruption Insurance Claims in a Natural Disaster
- CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
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