PaySimple is located in beautiful Colorado where we’re expecting a mild uneventful fall week, but our thoughts are with everyone on the East Coast hunkering down to ride out Hurricane Sandy. Of course everyone’s first priority is to ensure personal safety and the safety of family, friends, pets and other loved ones. But for small business owners, thinking about how the storm and its aftermath will impact your company is likely of great concern as well.
If you have a disaster recovery plan for your business, you already have a plan of attack for how to recover from the storm. If you don’t, now is the time to start thinking about it, whether or not you’re in Sandy’s path. While it’s never too late, the best time to prepare for a disaster is well before it happens.
The following resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help.
- SBA Disaster Preparedness Center: This page contains links to planning resources. It also provides links to recovery resources including disaster related loan and tax assistance, and programs specifically related to hurricanes.
- PrepareMyBusiness.org: A site provided by for-profit company Agility Recovery Solutions in conjunction with the SBA, it provides education, planning tools and testing tools to help small and mid-size businesses prepare for all types of business disruptions from power outages to hacker attacks to natural disasters.
- The Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: A checklist to help you prepare for how a hurricane will affect your small business and your employees.
- Preparedness Planning for Your Business: On the FEMA ready.gov site, the home of a campaign that focuses on business preparedness. Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. It includes samples of Emergency Response and Business Continuity plans that you can customize for your business.
- Join the National Preparedness Coalition: “Pledge to Prepare” your business for a disaster and join the FEMA sponsored coalition. As part of your free membership you will have access to disaster recovery and business continuity resources and be able to collaborate with thousands of fellow members across the country via online discussions and live events.
This Small Business Tip from PaySimple offers one more way to protect and accelerate your business.