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Get Preparedness Tips To Protect Your Business, Employees and Customers from Winter Weather Risks

Release Number: 
20141009-001
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Contact: 
Robert Goza, 610-382-2084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

WASHINGTON – As winter arrives, so do the many threats that can result in business interruption.  It could be flooding caused by frozen pipes that explode.  Or it may come on the heels of an ice storm that causes power outages due to downed electric lines.  On top of all that, an influenza outbreak at your business could cripple your operations if your key people get sick and have to stay home for days.

“Now is the right time to make a plan that will keep your business operating, regardless of what the severe winter weather brings,” said SBA’s Acting Philadelphia District Director Mark Quinn. “When disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of customers and your community or being forced to shut down.”

Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, October 21, for practical tips to mitigate winter weather risks. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Peterson will also be on hand to present the long-range winter climate outlook.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies at its PrepareMyBusiness website. Visit http://www.preparemybusiness.org/ to download disaster planning tip sheets and to view archived webinars.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

WHAT:     “Winter Weather Preparedness” A presentation followed by a question and answer session

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

HOW:     Register at http://go.agilityrecovery.com/September2014SBAWebinar.html