Continuity and Preparedness to Stay Open For Business
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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported solely by property insurers and reinsurers. IBHS’ building safety research leads to real-world solutions for home and business owners, helping to create more resilient communities.
Many businesses are not prepared to respond to a man-made or natural disaster. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may have all of their operations concentrated in one location that is damaged or destroyed.
Business continuity planning is vital to survival and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today’s challenges. It’s important to devote enough time and attention to planning for the future, even when that future may involve events that are unpleasant to think about and, hopefully, not likely to happen. IBHS offers a variety of resources to assist with this important planning process.
OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a free business continuity tool designed to help even the smallest businesses focus on planning for any type of business interruption, so they can quickly re-open and resume operations following a disaster. With its non-technical language and streamlined layout, any business owner can create an easy-to-use recovery plan tailored to the individual business, providing confidence if the worst occurs.
Business owners create their own business continuity plan using the program’s eight modules.
(Severe Weather: Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning)
To help keep small businesses “open for business,” IBHS developed this severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. It is designed as a stand-alone guide, along with a customizable checklist, that can be used by any small business to build a plan for responding to operational disruptions. It also complements IBHS’ OFB-EZ® program, which is a simple-to-use business continuity program that focuses on recovering after the initial emergency response.
To be best prepared, businesses should implement both programs to protect their businesses and bottom lines.