In recent times, the importance of disaster planning for businesses has become more necessary than ever. Whether it be the rise of terrorism, natural disasters or the volatility of financial markets, many uncontrollable forces are threatening businesses, large and small, worldwide.

Given these uncertainties, business owners and management should be prepared, with response plans in place, should any type of disaster occur that could negatively affect a business. Emergencies are often unpredictable and unforeseeable so it can be difficult, for even the most alert and aware business owners, to be fully prepared.

However, there are steps that can be taken to pre-emptively mitigate effects of disasters and keep workers and business protected. Many resources are available for businesses looking to implement emergency preparedness and response.

The following websites are useful when developing a plan:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/

https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/disaster-planning

http://www.preparemybusiness.org/

https://www.ready.gov/business

https://www.fema.gov/small-business-toolkit-tools-and-resources-plan-prepare-and-protect

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225141

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