Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company's Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level?

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Media Advisory

PRESS OFFICE

Advisory Date:

November 4, 2013

Contact:

Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987                                                                                                                                                                 

Advisory Number:

MA13-17 So. Fla.

Internet Address:

www.sba.gov/southflorida

Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company's Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level?

WASHINGTON – Human nature—the tendency to believe that a natural or man-made disaster will never occur—often undermines the clear-headed work needed to create a business continuity plan.  In a study done earlier this year by Staples, less than half of small businesses said they were prepared for severe emergencies. 

Each year, lack of disaster preparedness takes a severe financial toll on small businesses.  Meanwhile, with solid planning, a business owner can protect both financial and human capital, developing an organization resilient enough to withstand any kind of threat.

“South Florida businesses can never be too prepared for the unexpected, whether it be severe weather or some other accident of human-nature,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.  “SBA has a virtual online school house to provide business owners and entrepreneurs the best form of prevention:  education.  Business owners can learn how to prepare their businesses for the unexpected, at a time that’s convenient for them.” 

Learn how preparedness affects your company’s bottom line at a free webinar on Tuesday, November 12, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies at its “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.

What:

“The Impact of Corporate Preparedness on the Bottom Line”   A live presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

When:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

How:

Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/436883705