How quickly your company can get back to business after a terrorist attack or tornado,
a fire or flood often depends on emergency planning done today .While the Department
of Homeland Security is working hard to prevent terrorist attacks, the lessons of the
1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks demonstrate the importance of being prepared.
When you also consider that the number of declared major disasters nearly doubled in
the 1990’s compared to the previous decade, preparedness becomes an even more critical
issue. Though each situation is unique, any organization can be better prepared if it plans
carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all kinds of emergencies.
If businesses are ready to survive and recover, the nation and our economy are more
secure. America’s businesses form the backbone of the nation’s economy; small businesses
alone account for more than 99% of all companies with employees, employ 50% of all
private sector workers and provide nearly 45% of the nation’s payroll. A commitment
to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local
economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your
company a better chance for survival.
Ready Business outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take
to start getting ready. It provides practical information 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 America National Standards Institute and the
Department of Homeland Security.
Every business should have a plan. Get ready now.
Plan to Stay in Business
Business continuity planning must account for both man-made and
natural disasters. You should pla