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What if a fire destroyed your building, including your computers and records? What plans do you have if your business closed down for a couple days?

A business continuity plan should include contingency arrangements for both short-term and long-term disruptions.  

Here Are Some Tips To Help You Get Started:

  • Develop a staff succession plan
  • Arrange for off-site storage of important records and information, including:
  • Back up computer files regularly
  • Have potential locations from which you can operate on a temporary basis
  • Consider a back-up power source such as a portable generator
  • Review your insurance policies and estimate what it will take to restore your business - supplies, equipment, workspace and people. Verify what is covered and not covered
  • Develop a plan for salvaging equipment or inventory
  • Make a photographic record of your business assets
  • Develop a list of people who have keys, codes and access passwords to bank accounts, high security areas, databases and systems
  • Plan to maintain contact with customers, suppliers and investors
  • Inform employees of your plans, and let them know what will happen and where you will relocate if necessary
  • Review your plan on a regular basis and update it as your business changes
  • Schedule regular drills and training
  • Provide first aid and CPR training for your employees
  • Encourage your employees to develop household emergency plans

Other Resources To Help You Prepare

American Red Cross
Offers emergency preparedness information, training and services.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Provides information, training and financial assistance.

National Safety Council
Provides safety and related information. 

Ready.gov
Business continuity planning information, brochures and sample plans. Including a guide on emergency preparedness for individuals.

DisasterAssistance.gov
Links to other government agencies and disaster assistance web sites.

Department of Homeland Security
National site with information on threats and links to other resources.

Small Business Administration
Offers training, recovery assistance and disaster fact sheets.

Institute for Business and Home Safety
Offers online publications to help you prepare for all types of disasters, articles and links to other resources.

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