In a recent press release from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the launching of a new web site was announced by the SBA to help small businesses develop an emergency preparedness plan before disaster hits, and reminding homeowners and renters to plan ahead as well.

Regardless of where you live, it’s a good idea to be ready for any kind of crisis,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Every threat, from wind storms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes, to power outages and computer system failures, reminds us to be proactive when it comes to building strategies to survive a disaster and recover quickly. Recent disaster events demonstrate the need for preparedness to reduce the risk to life and property.”

The new website is called the Prepare My Business ( Web site. Prepare My Business provides tips on how small business owners can develop their own disaster preparedness plans, and features interactive tools such as monthly webinars on business continuity planning.

We recommend this information be passed along to your organization’s business continuity and risk management team members, but, also ask our readers to bring this information back to their families and friends to help strengthen their own personal disaster preparedness levels.

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In addition to the Prepare My Business site, more preparedness tips for businesses, homeowners and renters are available on the SBA’s Web site at  To learn more about developing an emergency plan, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Web site at , or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive free materials.

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