Steps for Ensuring Business Continuity
All communities, especially coastal regions, face the threat of natural disasters. Such events can have a devastating effect on a community - especially upon its small businesses. Indeed, statistics show that 1 in 4 small businesses never re-open after a disaster. To minimize that adverse impact, it is critical that businesses have a plan before disaster strikes.
To ensure continuity of operation, use the tools below to prepare a plan that could save your business, and the North Brevard community where it is based.
Business Continuity Toolkit
Developed by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the "Open for Business" toolkit is an online service designed for small business concerns that don't have the time or resources to create an extensive disaster recovery plan. The toolkit is also available as a mobile app.
Click below to get started:
Business Preparedness Plan
EZ-PREP is an emergency and response planning guide for small businesses. The guide provides a checklist of items that every business should complete in order to respond to a crisis, whether well in advance (from 48 hours to 72 hours before occurence) or in the hours immediately preceding an event.
Follow this link to the guidebook:
Role of Local Economic Development Groups in a Disaster
The North Brevard area is fortunate to have several economic development groups operating at both the city and county level to assist local businesses in the aftermath of a disaster.
In such a circumstance, and in concert with the Brevard County Emergency Management Department, a Business Recovery Center (BRC) will be established by the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ) at a location not directly impacted by the disaster. The BRC will serve to coordinate the efforts of all economic development entities in the affected area.
Businesses will be invited to use a 1-800 Hotline Number for information about the center and its services. These services will include the distribution of business recovery materials and of loan/grant applications for state and federal assistance.
The BRC will also utilize volunteers - persons with experience in economic development matters - to serve as business counselors.