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Where to Start Preparing Your Business

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - This agency provides pre- and post-disaster assistance to small businesses, homeowners and renters.

Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) - An organization which provides resources and materials to prevent disaster losses in your business and/or home.

What are my businesses hazards?
What is my business vulnerable to?

Business Risk Rating Sheet (Excel format) - Not really sure where to start? This simple checklist can help you decide what may be a threat to your business. It only takes a minute to fill out.

Disaster Loss Worksheet (Excel format) - A helpful Excel worksheet for businesses to calculate potential disaster costs. It will help identify specific areas of highest financial risk (i.e. inventory replacement) to assist in prioritizing which to mitigate first. Courtesy of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Business Survival: for Earthquakes and Other Disasters Video - Here is a video clip (Quick Time) of this 28 minute video. It's being shown at local events/meetings and you can purchase a copy as a starting place to raise awareness in your organization or to assist the buy-in from management. This video was created by the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), Global Net Productions, and other partners.

What key information do I need as the basis for my disaster plan?

"Open for Business" Toolkit - The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have put together this toolkit to help businesses develop disaster plans. You can download a pdf or request a hard copy. The appendices of this disaster planning toolkit contain questions and worksheets that will be the basis for any disaster plan.

How do I write my disaster plan?*

Disaster Resistant Businesses (DRB) Toolkit - Industry experts have designed a toolkit which will help any size business write a disaster plan giving good/better/best practices, low-cost methods, and simple steps to complete your plan, train employees, and lessen exposures.

*Get this fee-based toolkit ($199 retail) for free! Contact us at or call us at 206-233-5076 for a voucher.

I've written my plan, what should I do next?

Browse our Preparedness section. It covers a variety of residential, neighborhood, personal and family preparedness. Many aspects can be applied to businesses - protecting the contents of your business is under nonstructural retrofit. Structural retrofit is also covered in this section if you run your businesses out of a converted, older home. Is your family or the family of your employees prepared should you need someone at the office?

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - This agency provides pre-disaster loans to small businesses in Project Impact communities (like Seattle). Here's information on SBA's new Pre-Disaster Mitigation Loan program, soon to be available.

*NOTE: There will be more added here once the DRB Toolkit is completed)

A disaster has happened to me! What do I need to do now?

"Getting Back to Business" - A brochure with tips for a small business to recover following a disaster. Courtesy of IBHS

Disaster Assistance: SBA and FEMA provide post-disaster assistance loans to small businesses, homeowners and renters. If a local disaster gets a Presidential Declaration, federal money is made available for disaster assistance. No obligations if you call to register, but if you don't register during the filing period, you cannot apply later. Filing/registering leaves your options open, to make a decision later.

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