Is Your Business Prepared for an Earthquake?

Seattle District Office  -  July 31, 2019

u s small business administration
Earthquake preparedness

Prepare Your Business

An estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster. Protect your small business by identifying the risks relevant to your location, both natural and man-made.

Megathrust earthquakes are the greatest risk to the broader west coast region. A megathrust earthquake could reach magnitude of 9.0 or greater and affect an area from Canada to northern California. A Cascadia megathrust earthquake could rank as one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded.

The following are tips on how to prepare your business to survive an earthquake:

  • Think about communication - establish an emergency communication plan with a central point of contact for employees to check in.
  • Preserve your equipment and business records by referencing this IRS guide on protecting your information before an emergency strikes. 
  • Store and assemble an emergency supply kit - the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an emergency preparedness checklist and toolkit.
  • Plan for a safe recovery site - all employees should know the location to reconvene after an emergency, plan to bring your vital records with you.
  • Consider business insurance - research the insurance options available to you, one of the best ways to mitigate business risk.

Review the full SBA Earthquake Preparedness Guide:

Make your plan


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