WASHINGTON - When it comes to putting together a business continuity plan, most CEOs put their employees at the top of the list of valuable assets to protect. Ironically, while the company may be ready to reopen soon after the disaster, the employees may not be able to return. They're busy trying to get recovery assistance, or working to clean up at their own homes.
Nationwide, homeowners and renters are currently dealing with the post-disaster challenges of dealing with insurance companies, finding reliable building contractors, or trying to normalize their family routines. Recent hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires are a reminder to individuals that planning for a crisis can save money, time and lives.
During National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions are hosting free weekly disaster preparedness webinars. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Tom Heneghan, manager of preparedness for the American Red Cross, will talk about best practices for helping employees be ready for any kind of disaster. He'll also discuss ways individuals can support community preparedness and response efforts.
SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies via their "PrepareMyBusiness" website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and get additional preparedness tips.
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.
WHO: Tom Heneghan, manager of preparedness, American Red Cross
WHAT: "Resilient America-Personal & Community Preparedness" will be presented by Heneghan. A question and answer session will follow.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21 --2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
HOW: Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/652630793