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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Guidance

NIOSH Emergency Response Resources  	niosh logo
Numerous emergency preparedness and response resources for business owners and managers, including links to:

  • Management planning guides
  • Facility protection instructions
  • Emergency contacts

Provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable   	document cover
This 3-page downloadable overview discusses preparations businesses can make before disasters strike. It provides tips on:

  • Developing a disaster plan
  • Reducing potential damage
  • Protecting employees


Prepare Your Workplace and Employees   	Red Cross logo
This website from the American Red Cross links to resources on personal emergency kits, emergency planning, and communications.

Provided by the American Red Cross.


Preparedness Planning for Your Business logo
Specific suggestions for protecting businesses from disasters by taking precautionary actions, from planning to drills to getting supplies. Among the topics covered are:

  • Emergency planning
  • Involving employees in emergency planning and practices
  • Protecting physical assets

Includes several downloadable checklists, plans, and discussion topics

Provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Small Business Administration Disaster Preparedness   	sba logo
SBA publications on such topics as:

  • Preparing a small business for disaster
  • Planning to cut disaster recovery time, expense
  • Disaster assistance

It also has a list of other websites that offer assistance in disaster planning and response for small businesses.

Provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Fast Facts

On average, smaller firms have higher fatality rates.

Source: Mendeloff JM, Nelson C, Ko K, Haviland A. Small businesses and workplace fatality risks. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation; 2006.



Class Registration   	Red Cross logo
Workplace-oriented classes on emergency topics available through the American Red Cross.

Provided by the American Red Cross.


Fast Facts

Almost 18% of the U.S. labor force works in firms with fewer than 20 employees.


Source: County Business Patterns
In. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce; 2008.


Art Studio Specific Guidance

Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies   	an artists studio 
Provides more than a dozen links to government and non-profit emergency preparedness resources. Many are general advice sites, but at least one is specific to protecting art works from disasters.

Provided by Coalition for Artists' Preparedness for Emergency Response and CERF+, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

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