Disaster Preparedness for Businesses
- Make a business continuity/recovery plan. Websites such as the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Small Business Administration (SBA) offer helpful guides and checklists to get started. carolinasmallbusiness.org
- Review your business-related insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage. If you lease your space, review your lease to make sure the building owner has adequate coverage.
- Gather important business documents including your insurance policy and agent information. Back up electronic files to a cloud-based server or copy to a USB flash drive.
- Secure all office equipment including cell phones, chargers, laptops and USB flash drives. Take pictures of inventory.
- Collect contact information for your utility providers to quickly report disruptions and outages.
- Maintain updated contact information for all employees to check their safety and communicate about the status of business operations.
- Provide regular “out of office” updates to your business phone and/or email to share information on business operations among staff and customers.
- Review incoming and outgoing shipments and make alternative arrangements if necessary.
- Remember rumors are common after a disaster. This can lead people to delay their own recovery plans. Be proactive, patient and persistent in pursuing your recovery.
|Recovery Resources for Businesses|
|Carolina Small Business Development Fund carolinasmallbusiness.org|
|Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) 800.228.8443 (Se Habla Espanol)|
Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
|Disaster Unemployment Assistance des.nc.gov|
|NC Rural Center’s Thread Capital Rapid Recovery Loan
NC Department of Administration (DOA)
|Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources
Disaster loan: disasterloan.sba.gov
Business guide: sba.gov/business-guide