Business Readiness

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How quickly your can your company get back to business after an earthquake, tornado, fire, flood, or even a terrorist attack?  
Often, that depends on emergency planning done today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlines common sense measures that business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.  It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help you plan for your company's future.  These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard NFPA 1600 developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It also provides useful links to resources providing more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information. Here are few useful tips:

Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company (see LA Emergencies and Threats).

  • Create a crisis communication plan which details how you will be in contact with employees, customers, and others during and after a disaster.
  • Practice the plan by doing drills and exercises to help you and your employee prepare.
  • Encourage your employees and their families to create and emergency plan. Visit Family Readiness for tips.
  • Review your business insurance policy to ensure your coverage is adequate.
  • Take steps to protect your data and information technology systems from cyber attacks.
For more information on business readiness, visit FEMA's Ready Business page.