According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all employers and have provided approximately 65 percent of new jobs over the past 17 years. Yet, small- to medium-sized businesses are also the most vulnerable following a disaster.
Having a plan can help protect a company and maximize its potential to survive and recover when faced with an emergency. Every day, communities nationwide are faced with extreme weather or other emergency situations. Ready Business, an extension of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's successful Ready campaign, is designed to educate owners and managers of small businesses about preparing their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency.
The campaign encourages small business owners and managers to take steps to plan in advance of an emergency. PSAs direct these individuals to Ready.gov/business, which links to a free preparedness assessment tool that provides a clear picture of businesses' preparedness level and additional steps needed to take to be prepared for an emergency. With a plan in place, businesses can better adapt, recover and stay in control.