emergency planningKeeping your doors open for business is a concept that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has promoted for many years with its long standing popular business continuity planning toolkit.  Many of our website readers are familiar with this disaster preparedness planning tool.

As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, our staff research team found that IBHS has just recently launched a free, online version of their business continuity planning toolkit —-entitled OFB-EZ™ (Open for Business-EZ).  This online version is a somewhat streamlined version which guides users through an easy process to create a recovery plan that will help even the smallest businesses recover after a disaster.

A disaster for a small business doesn’t have to be the magnitude of a hurricane,” Gail Moraton, IBHS’ business resiliency manager, said. “A burst water pipe in a storeroom can be a disaster for many small businesses, too. Having a plan in place will enable businesses to act quickly so they can recover as soon as possible.”

This disaster preparedness OFB-EZ™ Online program includes several components, such as:

  • evaluation checklists to help business users understand their risks;
  • business continuity best practices and resources;
  • forms for users to enter and store important contact information for employees, key customers, suppliers, and vendors; and
  • a tabletop exercise for business owners to conduct with their employees to test their plan.

Click here for more information about this neat free online preparedness resource.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those disaster preparedness team members in your organization.

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