Disaster Planning

Planning for Disasters in Advance












Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. You can protect your business by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business.

The resources provided below will get you started on the process of advance planning.

  1. Small Business Disaster Preparedness Guide

Offers information to help prepare your business for a disaster and apply for a disaster loan from the SBA.

  1. PrepareMyBusiness.Org

Agility Recovery Solutions offers business continuity planning tips for small businesses.

  1. Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry

Gives step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management plan.

  1. Protect Your Business from Disaster

Supplies information on how to protect your property from natural disasters.

Getting Back in Business: Disaster Recovery

Before a disaster strikes, it is important to preserve your equipment and the business records you will need to help your business get back on track.

  1. Protecting Your Tax and Financial Records

Gives tips and advice from the IRS on protecting your tax and financial records.

  1. Standard Checklist Criteria for Business Recovery

Offers a checklist of creating a business recovery manual for medium to large businesses.

Information for Industrial Operations

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Summary of Regulations Related to Industrial Shutdown Operations reminds facility owners/operators that various laws and regulations require that they minimize chemical releases during process shutdown operations. If reportable releases occur, they must be reported immediately upon constructive knowledge of occurrence.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

712-325-3350

Sue Pitts - spitts@iwcc.edu

Michael Mitilier - mmitilier@iwcc.edu

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA