It’s Small Business Week, which means it’s time to celebrate the entrepreneurs and companies that create most of the jobs in this country. Anyone who has owned or worked for a small business knows how demanding it can be, and important tasks often get put on the back burner in the face of immediate concerns.
One task you can’t afford to put off, however, is preparing your business for an emergency. Disasters can strike with little or no warning. We saw a tragic example of this just a few weeks ago as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in memory swept through the South, devastating homes and businesses throughout the region. Earlier this year, metro Atlanta businesses had to cope with snow and ice that blanketed the region for a week.
Successful businesses form the backbone of any community, and keeping companies going and people working is vital in the wake of a disaster. Unfortunately, 40 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”.
Small businesses are especially vulnerable to disasters, according to the Small Business Administration, because few of them have the resources or knowledge to assess disaster risks and develop comprehensive mitigation and recovery plans. That’s where we come in.
Ready Georgia provides a free Ready Your Business Guide that features a 12-step process for creating and implementing a comprehensive business continuity plan. The guide works for both small and large companies and makes the process of preparing for emergencies straightforward and simple.
The amount of preparation you do today leads directly to how quickly your company will be able to get back to business after a disaster. Think of the time and resources you have invested in your organization to make it successful, and make sure you are ready to keep it afloat during an emergency. Get your small business ready.