Many comments come to our website from small business owners seeking more regarding disaster preparedness and business continuity.  While our staff has attempted to fill this request in earlier postings on this website, we would like to direct those readers to a new resources offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under its Ready Business Mentoring Initiative program.

Designed as a call-to-action for business leaders, FEMA’s Ready Campaign has created this new initiative to help owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses better prepare for emergencies.

The Ready Business Mentoring Initiative also includes several Ready Business Mentoring Guides which are designed to teach small business owners and managers about affordable ways to better protect their businesses. In addition, the Ready Campaign collaborated with the Education Disaster Extension Network (EDEN) to create presentation materials and to support the Ready Business Mentoring Guides.

An example of one of these guides is entitled, “What are the Costs?” , and, in this guide presents a worksheet format is presented to assist the user through some of the basic costs to develop a simple disaster protection and business continuity plan for their business. While not the only guide we suggest you use, this valuable tool should lead the user to ask the right questions to get a small business owner started on their business continuity and disaster preparedness planning process.  Click here to see this example worksheet guide.  Be sure to check out all of the other valuable links on this website which can also assist an entity in meeting the requirements of a PS-Prep program initiative.    

In summary, these kinds of sessions and the Ready Business Mentoring Guides are meant to outline how businesses can plan to stay in business; talk to employees; and protect assets and, at the same time, help each small business owner deliver business preparedness workshops and training sessions to their most valuable asset – their employees.

Click here to go to this valuable disaster preparedness resource.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those business continuity, risk management and disaster preparedness team members in your organization.

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