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Disaster Recovery Kit Checklist
August 28, 2023
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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. One of the primary functions of any recovery kit should be protecting the important records and emergency items of a business in order to ensure a smooth reconstruction of vital information and operations following any disaster. Several kits should be prepared and be easily accessible so that restoration procedures can begin immediately.

This download will give you a printable checklist of items needed to prepare for a disaster. It includes tasks related to the following topics:

  • Developing a Business Continuity Plan
  • Safeguarding Important Records
  • Protecting Office Supplies/Operating System Installation Disks/Software Licensing Keys
  • Gathering Emergency Items
  • Business Sanitation
  • Disaster Prep and Recovery Tools
  • Grab & Go Kits for Employees

Business Continuity Plan Important Records

  • Insurance Policies
  • Fixed Asset Inventory
  • Contracts
  • Employee Information
  • Key Contact Information (Hard Copy)

Office Supplies/Operating System Installation Disks/Software Licensing Keys

  • Software installation disks
  • Software licensing keys
  • Hardware serial numbers
  • Stamps
  • Writing utensils & notepads
  • Stapler & staples
  • Tape
  • Printer paper
  • Calculators
  • Letterhead

Emergency Items

  • Petty Cash
  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Map of the area
  • Three day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery powered/crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains food)
  • Blankets
  • Mobile Device Chargers
  • Fuel Company Vehicles


  • Dust/filter masks
  • Moist towelettes
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Paper towels


  • Duct tape
  • Pocket knife
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Screwdriver
  • Lighter/matches (sealed in a plastic bag)
  • Gloves

Grab & Go Kits for Employees

  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • Emergency contact information
Winter Weather Preparedness
Watch this webinar for practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks to your small business posed by winter weather. 
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Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist
Severe winter weather can lead to property damage, employee illness or injury, and possible business closures.  The following checklist will help you identify the areas of your business that are most susceptible to winter hazards.
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