SBA Webinar: Business Preparedness Lessons Learned from 2012 Disasters

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Release Date:

 January 9, 2013


Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987                                                                                                                                                                 

Release Number:

MA 13-01

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The Year in Review: Business Preparedness

Lessons Learned from 2012 Disasters

Get tips on protecting your company at the free webinar hosted by SBA &Agility

WASHINGTON – Last year small businesses nationwide faced challenges recovering from economic losses caused by disasters like Hurricane Sandy, tornadoes, and the drought that affected much of the continental United States.  All told, 11 disasters in 2012 caused $1 billion or more damages.

Eastern Missouri is certainly no stranger to natural disasters.  Earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, ice storms, and fires are some of the notable disasters we experience locally.  Right now there is genuine concern over the continuance of barge traffic on the Mississippi. 

Is your business ready for a disaster?  Have you checked your insurance policies lately?  Do you have a contingency plan in place?  Where are your essential documents?  Is your data backed up at an offsight location?  These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself to see if you are prepared for a disaster?  There is truth in the adage, "Failing to plan is planning to fail."

There’s much to learn from the rebuilding efforts of businesses in areas struck by disasters in 2012.   Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST) for a free webinar looking at notable disaster events that occurred last year, new trends and technology that support business continuity, and steps your organization can take to prepare for any kind of disaster.

During the last four years, SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access previous webinars and for 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

WHAT:          “2012 Year-In-Review: Valuable Lessons & Best Practices” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN:          Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST)

HOW:             Space is limited. Register at


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