With hurricane season soon upon us, small business owners should be increasing efforts to ensure continuity for their companies should disaster strike.
And even though the direct effects of hurricanes don’t immediately threaten businesses in the Bluff City, the flooding and damaging winds that may accompany such storms can certainly create hazardous conditions for many in this area.
To help prepare for the season, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a disater preparedness webinar in a couple weeks. But don’t wait to sign up - space is limited and registration is required.
Here’s more from the SBA:
A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 28 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by Agility.
Dr. Gerry Bell has been the lead scientist of NOAA’s Long-Range Hurricane Outlook Team since 1998. He was instrumental in developing NOAA’s Atlantic and East Pacific hurricane activity outlook, and has done weather analysis on CNN and The Weather Channel.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Last year’s season ended memorably when Hurricane Sandy pounded the Eastern Seaboard in late October. The storm caused billions of dollars in damages, and so far the SBA has approved about $370 million in disaster loans to more than 3,500 businesses affected by Sandy.
Now is a good time to protect your employees, customers and business from the devastating physical and economic toll of disasters by making a plan to be safe and stay in business. During the webinar, Agility Recovery President Bob Boyd will share practical business continuity tips.
SBA has partnered with Agility to offer disaster preparedness strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars.
The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
WHAT: “Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season” – A forecast from Dr. Gerry Bell, with preparedness tips from Bob Boyd, Agility Recovery President & CEO, followed by a question and answer session
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
HOW: Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/327979008