National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month, and with the lower half of the country still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, a lot of businesses that were devastated by the storms are looking ahead to a long road of rebuilding. While we don’t have to worry about hurricanes here in the Great Plains region, we do have other disasters that can affect us, including tornadoes, sickness, and flooding, not to mention other disasters that can ruin a business such as a fire, robbery, accidents, or acts of terrorism.

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, roughly 25 percent of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster. It is imperative that owners take the steps necessary to identify any risks that may affect their business, including any natural or man-made disasters.

Below are some useful links you can visit that will provide resources and checklists to help you protect your business:

Ready.gov Preparedness Planning for Your Business
FEMA Preparedness Checklists and Toolkits
Small Business Administration – Prepare for Emergencies

Mindy Lee
Advisor/Marketing Coordinator
Washburn University
America’s SBDC