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Prepare your Business for Natural Disaster

Many businesses are not prepared to respond to man-made or natural disasters. Statistics show that of the businesses that close because of a disaster, at least 1 in 4 never reopens. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they likely have all of their operations concentrated in one location that could be damaged or destroyed.

To help keep small businesses “open for business,” the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) developed this severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. It is designed as a stand-alone guide, along with a customizable checklist, that can be used by any small business to build a plan for responding to operational disruptions.

It also complements IBHS’ OFB-EZ® program, which is a simple-to-use business continuity program that focuses on recovering after the initial emergency response. Business continuity planning is vital to survival and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today’s challenges. It’s important to devote enough time and attention to planning for the future, even when that future may involve events that are unpleasant to think about and, hopefully, not likely to happen. IBHS offers a variety of resources to assist with this important planning process.To be best prepared, businesses should implement both programs to protect their businesses and bottom lines. 


 OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a free business continuity tool designed to help even the smallest businesses focus on planning for any type of business interruption, so they can quickly re-open and resume operations following a disaster. With its non-technical language and streamlined layout, any business owner can create an easy-to-use recovery plan tailored to the individual business, providing confidence if the worst occurs. Business owners create their own business continuity plan using the program’s eight modules.

Download the OFB-EZ Toolkit (PDF)

Download the OFB-EZ Toolkit Individual Forms (PDF and Word):
  1. Know Your Risks (PDF /Word Doc)
  2. Know Your Operations (PDF / Word Doc)
  3. Know Your Employees (PDF /Word Doc)
  4. Know Your Customers, Contacts, Suppliers, Vendors (PDF / Word Doc)
  5. Know Your Finances (PDF / Word Doc)
  6. Know Your Information Technology (PDF / Word Doc)
  7. Know When to Test Your Plan (PDF / Word Doc)

To help keep small businesses “open for business,” the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) developed this severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. It is designed as a stand-alone guide, along with a customizable checklist, that can be used by any small business to build a plan for responding to operational disruptions. 





Download the EZ-Prep Toolkit (PDF)

Download EZ-PREP Individual Forms: (via IBHS) 


   






SOURCE - IBHS - EZ-Prep®—Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
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