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Preparing Your Business for Disasters 

By | Meredith Wood | Editor-in-chief at Fundera |

Whether it’s a hurricane, a tornado, a fire, or a flood, disasters can cause serious problems for your business. That’s why it’s important to gather your employees together and develop a disaster preparedness plan before something terrible happens. 

It seems pretty obvious that you should plan for the worst case scenario, but the fact is that 70% of small business owners say they have no written disaster recovery plan. And having no plan is downright dangerous considering that somewhere between 40% and 60% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. 

When developing your plan, think about how you can digitally back up your important documents and contact information. Consider brushing up on how to use Google My Business, so you can share your hours of operation and important information with customers. Also, consider WiFi-enabled cameras to document potential damages and make the business insurance claims process easier.  

During a disaster, your employees’ safety is your top priority, so make sure that you communicate with them and steer them away from danger. After a disaster, you can begin to rebuild and reconnect with your community. 

In this visual, Fundera outlines ways to disaster-proof your business and how to respond after a disaster occurs.

Republished with permission and originally published at

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