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Managing a Business

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Disaster Planning

Planning for Disasters in Advance

Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. You can protect your business by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business.

The resources provided below will get you started on the process of advance planning.

Offers information to help prepare your business for a disaster and apply for a disaster loan from the SBA.

Agility Recovery Solutions offers business continuity planning tips for small businesses.

Gives step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management plan.

Supplies information on how to protect your property from natural disasters.

Getting Back in Business: Disaster Recovery

Before a disaster strikes, it is important to preserve your equipment and the business records you will need to help your business get back on track.

Gives tips and advice from the IRS on protecting your tax and financial records.

Offers a checklist of creating a business recovery manual for medium to large businesses.

Information for Industrial Operations

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Summary of Regulations Related to Industrial Shutdown Operations reminds facility owners/operators that various laws and regulations require that they minimize chemical releases during process shutdown operations. If reportable releases occur, they must be reported immediately upon constructive knowledge of occurrence.

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