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.


Disaster Preparedness Workshops & Tools
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Small Business Disaster Planning Guide
Your first priority is developing strategies to deal with the disasters that are most likely to occur, affect critical business functions and would have the biggest negative impact. However, your plan should ultimately encompass all the disasters that could potentially affect your business. Download this e-guide and learn more information about how to protect your business.

Winter Weather Preparedness
We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year.  As we look ahead to the Winter Weather Season, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by colder temperatures and frozen precipitation. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Tornado Preparedness Checklist
This checklist will help you prepare for a tornado's effect on your organization, employees and community by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during, and following the event.

Disaster Recovery Kit Checklist
A disaster, no matter how great or small, can be a hectic time in both your professional and personal life. This disaster recovery kit checklist will provide a breakdown of the items necessary to initiate recovery procedures in the wake of an interruption.

Evacuation Checklist
In order to make your recovery as smooth as possible, we encourage you to educate your employees on the items they may want to bring with them in the event of an evacuation.  To help you with this process, we have created this checklist of suggested items.

Flood Preparedness Checklist
Floods are one of the most common and widespread of all disasters, and continue to grow in frequency and severity. Businesses are more likely to flood than burn down, so it is vital to prepare now. This checklist will help keep your business afloat even if the worst happens.


Additional Checklists:

Crisis Communications Planning Checklist

Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist

Seasonal Flu Preparedness Checklist

Wildfire Preparedness Checklist

Earthquake Preparedness Checklist

Small Business Insurance

Everything You Need to Know bout 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.

Additional Resources

Disaster Preparedness Partners

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