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)
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
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.
EZ-PREP™ - Severe Weather: Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
Many businesses are not prepared to respond to man-made or natural disasters. Statistics show that of the businesses that close because of a disaster, at least 1 in 4 never reopens. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they likely have all of their operations concentrated in one location that could be damaged or destroyed.
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.
Download the EZ-PREP Toolkit (PDF)
Download the Complete Customizable Checklist Template
Open for Business
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
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