Is Your Business Ready for the next Hurricane Sandy?
by Carol Chastang, Community Moderator
- Created: May 23, 2013, 5:34 pm
Even before the big storm hits, small businesses start losing money once the severe weather advisories go out. The cost of shutting down, even for a few hours, is a huge expense most small businesses aren’t prepared to cover.
Hurricane Sandy caught most people off guard. The late-season storm brought flooding and power outages that caused billions in losses. The SBA approved more than 3,600 disaster loans for $393 million to businesses affected by Sandy. When you add the home disaster loans made by SBA, more than 35,400 loans were approved for a total of $2.3 billion.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Now’s a good time to start working on a plan to protect your company from any risk—be it large-scale disasters like floods and hurricanes, or the sprinkler system failure in your office space.
Join the SBA and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, May 28 for a free webinar on the topic of hurricane season preparedness for businesses. Dr. Gerry Bell, a climate expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast. After his presentation, Agility Recovery President & CEO Bob Boyd will give tips on how any company can protect themselves from the physical and financial losses that occur when a disaster strikes.
The discussion will include tips about:
- Data protection
- What kind of insurance coverage you need
- Internal and external communication strategies
Please sign up soon, since space is limited. The webinar will be recorded and archived on Agility’s website.
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET
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