Disaster Planning

Many large companies have dedicated disaster planning departments, but for small and medium sized businesses specialized disaster planning departments don't exist or aren't possible. The responsibility for disaster planning falls on the shoulders of the Owner or Business Manager who doesn't have the time or resources to put in to a quality disaster plan. To those who have suffered from a lack of disaster planning, they would say that you don't have the time or resources not to plan for a disaster. 

ASA offers several disaster preparedness planning kits free to members to help in the creation of a customized, company plan.

Disaster Preparedness Planning Kits:
ASA offers members two different disaster preparedness planning kits, depending on your business needs. The OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a short quick tool that will help keep your business running after a disaster. The Open for Business is more  in-depth and goes into a deeper dive for disaster preparedness. 

  

OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a planning kit 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.

                                                       

OFB-EZ® Mobile App guides users through an easy process to create a recovery plan that will help even the smallest business recover and re-open quickly after a disaster. The app includes several helpful planning tools, such as evaluation checklists to help business users understand their risks, and forms for users to enter and store important contact information for employees, key customers, suppliers and vendors.

Android app on Google Play

Open for Business is a detailed planning kit designed for small to mid-sized businesses to help return to business quickly after a disaster occurs. This easy-to-use planning kit will help your company create a disaster plan to fulfill the main objectives needed to keep your business going strong.



Helpful Links & Resources

American Red Cross
FEMA
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)


The Commercial Locker app and online tool, is an inventory software provided by Allstate Business Insurance designed specifically for businesses (you do not need to be an Allstate client to use the software). An up-to-date business inventory is an important component of disaster planning. It can help you purchase the right amount and type of insurance and substantiate property losses to make filing an insurance claim faster and easier. If a loss occurs, inventory records will prove what inventory existed and its value, so that the insurance claim can be settled quickly. If inventory losses can’t be proven, the payment for loss may be delayed or possibly denied.


Disaster Preparedness Articles


Blog

Get Aggregated RSS

IBHS Urges East Coast Residents to Prepare Now for Hurricane Joaquin, Major Flooding

Friday, October 02, 2015

IBHS Urges East Coast Residents to Prepare Now for Hurricane Joaquin, Major Flooding - Last-Minute Checklist Available to Protect Your Property [Infographic]

The post IBHS Urges East Coast Residents to Prepare Now for Hurricane Joaquin, Major Flooding appeared first on IBHS.

IBHS Roofing the Right Way

Thursday, October 01, 2015

When it’s time to replace your roof, due to weather-related damage or simply age, follow the advice in this guide to improve the long-term performance of your new roof during hurricanes. Proper installation directly impacts a roof’s long-term performance.

The post IBHS Roofing the Right Way appeared first on IBHS.

Plumbing Infographics

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Learn the warning signs of plumbing failure and how to reduce your risks.

The post Plumbing Infographics appeared first on IBHS.

Commercial Roofs: Flashing and Coping

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Securement of the edge flashing is critical to keeping the roof cover intact during high winds. Loose flashing will allow wind and rain to get underneath the roof cover where wind action will add to uplift pressure on the roof system.

The post Commercial Roofs: Flashing and Coping appeared first on IBHS.

Commercial Roofs: Gutters, Drains, and Scuppers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gutter and roof drainage systems are an important part of all roof systems, but they are often overlooked when it comes to proper maintenance and care. In fact, they may be considered the “unsung heroes” of roof systems because of their key role in effectively removing water and debris from the roof. This article will help business owners understand the importance of good gutter and roof drain maintenance, and the steps they can take to avoid preventable damage related to rain, snow, wind, and wildfire.

The post Commercial Roofs: Gutters, Drains, and Scuppers appeared first on IBHS.

ASA Headquarters
1200 N. Arlington Heights Road, #150
Itasca, IL 60143
P: 630.467.0000
F: 630.467.0001
Washington DC Office
1875 Eye Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
P: 703.328.5234
ASA Education Foundation
1200 N. Arlington Heights Road, #150
Itasca, IL 60143
P: 630.467.0000
F: 630.467.0001