Disaster Preparedness Resources

Prepare for Business Interruptions with Help from SCORE

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SCORE is here to help small businesses be better prepared for unplanned business interruptions. We offer a variety of free resources crafted by our experts and partners to help your business prepare for natural disasters and build a more resilient community. We also have volunteer mentors with decades of experience available in your area to help you get your business back on track for the future. Through the good days, and the bad, SCORE is there for the life of your business.

Browse the resources below and connect with a mentor today to get customized, one-on-one advice for your disaster planning and business continuity questions.


Upcoming Events
Small business owners

Free Workshop: Demystifying Exports & Imports And Business Interruption Preparedness

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014  10:00am to 1:00pm
Where:Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Carman B76, Bronx, NY

Topic #1:
International trade offers excellent opportunities for both start-ups and existing businesses. This free 3 hour workshop, taught by an experienced and knowledgeable expert in international trade, will give you an overview of what it takes to run an enterprise involving global trade.

Topic #2:
Small business owners will learn about disaster planning best practices to help increase revenue and reduce risks.

FREE registration: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e90kktcn16f26e6f&llr=7bofavbab

SCORE NYC Workshop Committee


Center for Women & Entrepreneurs

Programa de Preparación para Desastres y Continuidad de Negocios

When: Tuesday, April 8th 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Where: Howland - Green Library, 3 Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA 02744

Instructor: Carmen Morris
Description: Este programa está diseñado para ayudar a las empresas a reducir el costo de lesiones físicas y económicas sufridas después de un desastre.  Las estadísticas muestran que después de un desastre, el noventa por ciento de las empresas fracasan en el promedio de un año, a menos que puedan reanudar sus operaciones por lo menos en los primero cinco días.  Atreves del Programa De Operaciones de Desastres usted puede obtener un plan para que su negocio no sufra consecuencias drásticas por largo tiempo en caso de un desastre.   

Aunque los grandes desastres como huracanes, inundaciones, terremotos y cortes de energía a gran escala son poco frecuente, podemos obtener un plan para estar preparados en caso de que ocurran. Atreves del PROGRAMA DE OPERACIONES DE DESASTRE, estamos comprometidos a ayudar a las pequeñas empresas a prepararse para evitar esas interrupciones que normalmente podrían paralizar un negocio. 

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-sandy-ri-programa-de-preparacion-para-desastres-y-continuidad-de-negocios-tickets-11024802481


Center for Women & Entrepreneurs

Certification Options for Women & Minority Owned Businesses

When: Wednesday, April 9th 9:00 – 11:00am
Where:   HarborOne Bank, 131 Copeland Drive, Mansfield, MA

Description: Contracting with corporations and government agencies can be a great way to grow your small business and be more resilient. Often, the first step in the contracting process is getting certified as a woman or minority owned business.  Join representatives from WBENC, the Massachusetts Operational Services Division, and the SBA to learn about certification options , the benefits of each type of certification, and how to apply for certification status.

While this workshop is open to everyone, women & minority business owners who have been in business at least 2 years will benefit most from the session.

Speakers:  Reps from WBENC, State of MA, SBA

Registration Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-sandy-ma-certification-options-for-women-minority-owned-businesses-tickets-11031342041


Center for Women & Entrepreneurs

Weathering the Storm

Two Sessions Available

1.Wednesday, April 9th 10:00 – 12:00 pm, Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889

2. Thursday, April 10th 9:00 am– 12:00 pm,
Fall River Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA

Instructor: Lori Adamo, Code Red Business Continuity Services

Workshop topics include:

  • Maintaining customer service during a major disaster and after;
  • Minimizing interruptions or disruptions of business operations;
  • Protecting your business brand, image and reputation.
  • Ten steps needed to keep you in business.

Register for Session 1 – April 9 in Warwick, RI https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-sandy-ri-weathering-the-storm-ten-steps-to-help-your-business-stay-afloat-tickets-11020742337

Register for Session 2 – April 10 in Fall River, MA: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-sandy-ma-weathering-the-storm-ten-steps-to-help-your-business-stay-afloat-tickets-10837805167


Center for Women & Entrepreneurs

Managing Your Business Risk – Insurance and Other Tools

When: Thursday, April 10th 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Where: West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893

Instructor: Frank Costa 

This workshop will cover:

  • Risk identification for your business
  • Controlling risk: property, people and money
  • Insurance coverage for your business
  • Insurance choices, costs and process

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwe-sandy-ri-manage-your-business-risk-insurance-and-other-tools-tickets-11020920871


Disaster Preparedness Workshops & Tools
Small Business Insurance

Everything You Need to Know About Small Business Insurance

As a small business owner, you know every dollar counts. You do everything you can to cut costs, but small business insurance is not something you should go without. Accidents happen, and you have to defend yourself if you’re sued, even if it isn’t your fault. Your small business insurance is there to protect you. Watch this workshop to learn:

  • Why you need business insurance to protect your business
  • How to determine what type of insurance your business needs (general liability, professional liability, workers comp, etc.)
  • What to look at when comparing coverage options
  • How to save the most money on your policy
  • Benefits of buying business insurance online
  More Workshops:

Building Disaster Resiliency: Advice on Disaster Planning & Recovery

The Impact of Corporate Preparedness on the Bottom Line

The 10 Steps to Prepare Any Organization for Disaster

Winter Weather Preparedness

Social Media's Role in Disaster Recovery

Federal Resources & Links

DisasterAssistance.gov provides disaster relief information to individuals and businesses from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster. Locate over 70 forms of assistance from 17 federal agencies, apply for disaster assistance and check the progress of your applications. To apply for disaster assistance, individuals and business owners may also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
At the direction of President Barack Obama, FEMA continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, and tribal communities in affected areas.

211 / United Way (SBA)
Get quick, detailed information and referrals to health and human service organizations in your area.

Other Links

Disaster Preparedness Partners

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