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Emergency Preparedness: Safety Steps For Entrepreneurs

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 3/26/2010

There are some steps small business owners can take to protect their assets and employees from natural disasters.

Natural disasters are a threat to every part of a community, but they can be particularly bad news for small business owners.

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According to a report from the Associated Press, many entrepreneurs say that disaster preparation is a priority, but it can often be overlooked when business is the main focus.

Fortunately, there are ways small business owners can be prepared in the event of an emergency.

First and foremost should be having a plan for protecting employees and important information, the report says. Owners should then think about what will be needed to get things up and running again following a disaster.

Data should be backed up on discs or external hard drives, and removed from the premises. Many companies are also choosing to back up data remotely.

Employers should also keep contact lists to ensure employees and their families are safe and can keep in touch, the report suggests.

Finally, having several contingency plans in place can help everyone be ready for situations which may change quickly.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also reminds small business owners to be prepared.

"Every threat, from wind storms, floods and wildfires, to power outages and computer system failures, reminds us to be proactive when it comes to building strategies to survive a disaster and recover quickly," said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.

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