Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a major disaster. Small business owners should develop a preparedness program to address the impact of hazards. There are five steps in developing this program:
- Program Management;
- Testing and Exercises; and
- Program Improvement.
Take your company to the next level of preparedness with a free online business readiness assessment available from the American Red Cross as part of their Ready Rating program. As a Ready Rating member you will have access to various tools, resources and information to evaluate and improve your ability to withstand disaster.