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Get Tips and Information about Hurricane Preparedness for Your Business

By Carol Chastang, SBA Official
Published: May 21, 2015 Updated: June 4, 2015

Nearly three years have passed since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, and the recovery continues in some of the hardest-hit areas.  According to a National Hurricane Center report, Hurricane Sandy was the second costliest storm in U.S. history. 

The report estimated damage caused by Sandy at $50 billion. The U.S. Small Business Administration responded by approving more than 36,000 disaster loans for a total of $2.4 billion. 

Sandy hit densely populated areas stretching from Maryland to New Hampshire, with the New Jersey coast suffering the most severe losses.  The late October storm caught many people off guard.

With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, now is a good time to put a plan in place to protect your business, your employees and your family.  May 24-30 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, an initiative supported by FEMA’s Ready.gov campaign and the National Hurricane Center

For tips and information about hurricane preparedness, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Meanwhile, free webinars presenting disaster preparedness tips for small businesses will be hosted by SBA and its partner Agility Recovery on May 26 and June 9, both at 2 p.m. ET.

“Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster” is the topic for Tuesday, May 26. Register here.

On Tuesday, June 9, Dr. Gerry Bell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) will present the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, and business continuity experts from Agility Recovery will share preparedness tips for business owners.  You can sign up here.

Here are some additional hurricane season resources:

www.preparemybusiness.org – Agility Recovery’s website. Check out the hurricane preparedness checklist

www.ready.gov-- FEMA’s Ready Campaign

www.ReadyRating.org -- Interactive disaster preparedness from The American Red Cross

www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ --National Hurricane Center

About the Author:

Carol Chastang

SBA Official