Friday, March 12, 2010

Disaster Resistant Training for Small Businesses

When: March 23rd, 2010
Where: 415 Guernsey, Dayton- Public Works Conference Room
Time: 0800 - 10:00

Can your business bounce back from the impacts of an earthquake, flood, or severe weather storm?

Does you business continuity plan include redundancy strategies to ensure your business can continue operation in the case of a power outage or phone interruption?

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety an estimated 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Building a continuity plan and taking proactive steps toward preparedness will reduce this risk, protect stakeholder's interests, and ensure continuation of services.

The Chamber of Commerce and Columbia County Emergency Management in conjunction with Washington State Emergency Management is providing the businesses of Columbia County an opportunity to have the new DRBToolkit a $300.00 value for free.

The Toolkit provides a fictitious business, the ABC Coffee Company, to help walk you through this process. Chapters contain templates which when completed will become a part of your final disaster plan. To assist you in completing the templates, examples are given for the ABC Coffee Company.

After you have finished the Toolkit, you will have a disaster program and plan (also know as a Business Continuity Program). You will be far better prepared for a disaster than you are today, and probably better prepared than many of your competitors. Your plan will have the following elements:

  • Identify the types of emergencies that may impact your business.

  • Understand how to prevent some emergency situations from developing.

  • Prepare to lessen the impacts of those emergencies that do occur.

  • Respond to protect life, business environment, and property during an emergency.
  • Recover and resume business operations in the post-emergency environment.
For questions please contact:
Columbia County Emergency Management
Lisa Caldwell
509-382-2534 ext:208
The Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Ronnberg

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