Ready, Set, Go: Putting Your Business Preparedness Plans into Action
September is National Preparedness Month, a multi-agency approach to ensuring that individuals, families and businesses are ready for natural, chemical and manmade disasters. In this issue, you’ve heard about preparing for natural and weather emergencies, having a business continuity plan in place, and making sure your business has the resources, strategies and communications to recover. As part of the training and education on National Preparedness Month, there are plenty of free tools you can use to ensure that your business is prepared:
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ready.gov/business: From the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this dedicated website offers step-by-step planning, testing and training exercises, and resources on business continuity and emergency response plans.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency.cdc.gov: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s online source for disseminating information and resources to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, such as outbreaks and chemical emergencies, this website also provides valuable updates for public health issues as they occur.
Small Business Administration, SBA.gov/prepare: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers plans to help you protect your investment and employees, ease the financial burden of disasters and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your area, should a disaster occur. It also gives you information on SBA’s Disaster Assistance Programs available to small businesses.
American Red Cross, ReadyRating.org: The American Red Cross Ready Rating is a free, self-guided program designed specifically to help businesses, schools and other organizations become better prepared for emergencies. Members receive full access to online tools, which include a resource center and emergency response planner, and can conduct an easy assessment on their business’ level of preparedness.
Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management – Homeland Security, dem.nv.gov: This site, dedicated to informing the public about potential issues, local emergency management information and agency contacts, includes training opportunities, daily situation reports and PDF guides for emergency preparedness.