Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations Webinar Approaching

There is still one week to register to attend the Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Mark Randle, Small Business Administration Public Information Officer. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 3, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

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Business Continuity Training

Post by Howard Pierpont, International Association for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Disasters happen all the time. The Federal government declares on average one disaster per week. The reality is most disasters do not have national focus. Often an issue can be localized to a community, a neighborhood, or a single facility. Every disaster is personal when it occurs inside your organization. A ruptured pipe, overflowing faucet, wide temperature fluctuations, and external factors can impact the organization.

Recently, I was invited to participate in a day-long, interactive workshop in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to teach how to successfully engage small businesses so they are better prepared for future disasters and crises. The hands-on workshop covered the basics of how to deliver business continuity training to the local community. The audience included commercial as well as not-for-profit organizations.

I invite you to review the presentations included here.

Additional websites with great reference material include:
Open For Business
Ready.gov
US Small Business Administration (SBA), which also act as one of the financial clearinghouses for FEMA
Prepare My Business.org, a sponsored website from the SBA
The Ready Rating program from the American Red Cross
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, funded by insurance companies
The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program – PS-Prep™ & Small Business Preparedness (last updated 8/6/2014)
FEMA Program Resources (last updated 8/7/2014)

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Howard Pierpont
Board Chair, DERA, International Association for Disaster Preparedness and Response
970-397-5526

September is National Preparedness Month

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” NPM will culminate with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Throughout the month of September, the NPM website will offer valuable preparedness information to raise awareness about disasters and encourage participation on the last day of the campaign on National PrepareAthon! Day. Here are some of the resources available on the NPM website to help you get started:

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a series of free webinars as part of National Preparedness Month. The half-hour webinars will be presented at 2 pm Eastern each Wednesday in September. The first, Crisis Communication for Any Organization, will be held on September 3.

Visit http://snurl.com/296yw4e to register and learn more about the webinars.

Preparing for Severe Spring Weather Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 2:00 pm to 3:00 PM EDT

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/191715953

Check out this webinar which addresses risks associated with the upcoming Spring season. Please be sure to share with your constituents!

“We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by spring storms and floodwaters. 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?

Join the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we welcome Agility CEO Bob Boyd who will share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by spring weather conditions.  These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters, including those related to flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization # 12-2110-114. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  Contact: Scott Teel at 704-927-7933scott.teel@agilityrecovery.com.
This Web site is provided as a public service under Co-sponsorship Authorization 12-2110-114.  It may contain links to non-U.S. government information. Inclusion of such links does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA.  SBA is not responsible for the content, accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of linked information. Please use caution when considering a product, service or opinion offered by a linked Website.”

SBA and Agility Recovery to Host Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Is your business prepared for a disaster? Get help with business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month.

The hour-long webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September. Below is a list of the webinar topics.

September 11: Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/668927705

September 18: The NEW 10 Steps to Preparedness – Lessons from the Past

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/613804840

September 25: Crisis Communications for any Organization

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918980200

SBA and Agility Recovery to Host Free Webinar on Business Continuity Planning

Not sure how to get started on your business continuity plan? Get help with first steps towards building your plan at a free webinar Tuesday, August 13, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. Space is limited. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/907543465.