Small businesses make up 99% of all U.S. businesses and employ 50% of the private sector's employees. The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that 40% of businesses never recover immediately after significant natural disasters. While Emergency Action Plans (EAP) are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), FEMA also reports that 62% of businesses don't have an emergency plan in place.
Disaster types include:
natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornados, and hurricanes,
health disasters like the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic,
human-caused disasters like workplace violence, and
technology-related disasters like network, power, and equipment outages or failure.
While it's impossible to prepare for every potential disaster, businesses are encourages to take an "all-hazards" approach to planning, starting with the most likely disasters - natural disasters. FEMA provides valuable step-by-step "Ready Business Toolkits" to help business leaders prepare for common natural disasters (in English and Spanish). Each toolkit is organized as follows:
Identify Your Risk
Develop A Plan
Be Recognized and Inspire Others
Access FEMA's Ready Business Toolkits below by selecting the type of natural disaster below:
Other helpful and free resources to help businesses prepare for disasters include:
Take a business preparedness assessment provided by the Red Cross
Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and the impacts a disaster could have on your business
Download the continuity planning suite of resources
Create a crisis communications plan
Plan ahead to recover lost data after a disaster
Seeking financial assistance after a disaster
Planning for wildfire evacuations
Planning for severe winter weather
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