Natural and man-made or technological emergencies can affect our homes and our families but they can also destroy our businesses. You and your employees work hard every day but it can all disappear in a flood, tornado, power outage, cyber attack or one of many other large or small disasters. Some statistics about businesses following a disaster:
- 70 percent of small businesses with a major loss go out of business within a year.
- 75% of companies without disaster plans fail within three years of a disaster
- Companies that don’t reopen within five days are not likely to survive.
- 43 percent of businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan never reopen.
Is your business ready to handle even a small emergency?
Catawba County Emergency Management staff along with Catawba County Fire/Rescue (Fire Marshal’s Office) and staff from many local fire department and law enforcement agencies offer free programs for your company, staff, or business groups. Consider inviting Catawba County Emergency Management to visit your business or manufacturing facility to do a walk through and discuss emergency planning issues or questions you may have.
There are some great no-cost tools online for helping you write your plan for how to respond, how to continue operations during a disaster and how to build a business disaster recovery plan. Webinars to are also available to further develop your understand of business disaster planning and continuity of operations.