Businesses nationwide are currently in the process of recovering from a year of costly natural disasters. Insurance industry experts say insured catastrophic losses have exceeded $17 billion during the first half of 2011, more than the $13 billion total for all of 2010.
Recent hurricanes, floods and wildfires are reminders that business owners should have a plan to protect their assets, recover quickly and be ready for the next emergency. During National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions are hosting weekly webinars aimed at helping business owners take responsibility for the economic well-being of their own companies, as well as their communities.
On Wednesday, September 14, James Rivera, SBA’s associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Assistance will talk about the essential items business owners should include in their business continuity plans. The presentation will include an overview on preparing a supply chain, developing a communications plan, and assessing risk.
SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies for entrepreneurs via their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit http://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: James Rivera, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Disaster Assistance
WHAT: “10 Commandments of Disaster Preparedness” will be presented by Rivera. A question and answer session will follow.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EDT
HOW: Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/767371552