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05/18/2007

As Hurricane Season Approaches, Association Urges Readiness

The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends preparing for the worst

 

With above-average activity predicted for the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane season beginning June 1, the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging companies across the country to take steps now to protect their lives, property, and businesses.

“The tornado that devastated Greensburg, KS, and the Nor’easter that caused flood losses in several Northeast states are reminders that, no matter where you live, there’s always a possibility of a major disaster,” says SBA Administrator Steven C. Preston. “Every threat, from wind storms, floods, and wildfires to power outages and computer system failures, reminds us to be proactive when it comes to having a plan to survive the disaster and recover quickly.”

The SBA stands by, ready to assist in the event of a disaster. During FY06, the SBA approved more than $11 billion in disaster loans. Most of those loans went to Gulf Coast residents who suffered losses after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Preparing for the worst-case scenario will ensure a quicker and less costly recovery.

Hurricane season disaster preparedness for businesses should include:

--A solid emergency response plan. Find escape routes from the business and establish meeting places. Make sure everyone understands the plan beforehand. Keep emergency phone numbers handy. Business owners should designate a contact person to communicate with other employees, customers, and vendors. Individuals should have an out-of-state friend or family member as a single point of contact.
--Adequate insurance. Disaster preparedness begins with having adequate insurance coverage - at least enough to rebuild your business. Business owners should review their policies to see what isn’t covered. Businesses should consider business interruption insurance, which helps to cover operating costs during the post-disaster shutdown period. Flood insurance is essential. To find out more about the National Flood Insurance Program, visit (www.floodsmart.gov).
--Making copies of important records, backing up data saved on computer hard drives, and storing that information at a distant off-site location. Documents and CDs should be stored in fire-proof safe deposit boxes.
--Protection of windows, doors, and roofing. Installing impact-resistant window and door systems, or simple plywood shutters installed before the storm hits, can enhance their ability to resist impacts from windborne debris. Hire a professional to evaluate your roof to make sure it can weather a major storm.
--A “Disaster Survival Kit.” The kit should include a flashlight, a portable radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, non-perishable packaged and canned food, bottled water, a basic tool kit, plastic bags, cash, and a throw-away camera to take pictures of the property damage after the storm.

More preparedness tips for businesses are available on the SBA’s website at (www.sba.gov/disaster_recov/prepared/getready.html). The Institute for Business and Home Safety (www.ibhs.org) also has information on protecting your home or business. The federal government’s preparedness website (www.ready.gov) is another helpful resource.

The SBA makes low-interest loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes following a disaster declaration by the President. Non-farm businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may apply for up to $1.5 million to repair or replace disaster damaged business assets and real property. Small businesses that suffered economic losses as a direct result of the declared disaster may apply for a working capital loan of up to $1.5 million, even if the property was not physically damaged. To learn more about the SBA’s disaster assistance program, visit the website at (www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/index.html).

This information was provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration,
an independent agency of the federal government, which was created to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. To find out more, visit (www.sba.gov).

 


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Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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