Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Planning Documents

E-Myth is pleased to announce that as a member of the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), we are able to make the following IBHS publications available to our E-Myth community through our website. These are excellent disaster recovery and business continuity planning documents and we highly recommend that you download them and complete them for your business. The 3 documents below and their associated content have been copied with permission from IBHS from their web site www.ibhs.org.

Open for Business Toolkit

Disaster Planning Toolkit for the Small Business Owner

Small business is big business in this country - accounting for 99.7 percent of all employers in the United States. But unlike their larger counterparts, small businesses are especially at risk from disaster, since few have the resources or knowledge to develop full-scale property protection and continuity plans.

That's why the Institute for Business & Home Safety created Open for Business sm, a comprehensive disaster planning toolkit. The easy-to-use guide helps business owners reduce the potential for loss should disaster strike, and reopen quickly should they be forced to close. This creates a savings for the business, and also benefits the employees and customers who rely on it.

Open for Business sm includes an assessment tool that helps the business determine its susceptibility to disaster wherever it has facilities and minimize its risks.

The toolkit also includes materials to help organize the business' critical information and review its essential operations, both of which lead to developing a continuity plan.

Download the Toolkit and Forms:

Open for Business sm – Disaster Plan Folder

What holds the key to remaining in business after a disaster? This does!

Following a disaster, businesses often scramble to return to normal business operations as soon as possible. Now, business owners have a resource that brings organization to what could be a chaotic situation.

The Open for Business sm – Disaster Plan Folder contains planning advice inside and out and can hold important papers such as leases, insurance papers, contact lists and more. Putting important resources and documents together before disaster strikes can save time and money when the materials are needed.

Disaster Safety Review

Getting Back to Business

A Guide for the Small Business Owner Following Disaster

This guide contains important steps for business owners to use when reporting losses, assessing damages and returning to business. It also contains a list of questions to ask your insurer and a resource list of organizations that can assist in business recovery issues. View the Getting Back to Business brochure here.

Other Resources: - Agility Recover Services: For as little as $200 a month, provides a modified trailer equipped with satellite phone service, computers, fax machines, Internet service and a portable generator, allowing you to get your business up and running if your office is damaged or destroyed.

-- "Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable" -- Information for employers and employees by the American Red Cross. See www.redcross.org/services/prepare/ or call (202) 303-4498.

-- "Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery: A Small Business Guide," by Donna Childs and Stefan Dietrich -- Very detailed book that grew out of Childs' experience piloting a small business through the World Trade Center tragedy.



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