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  1. How to Become a More Disaster Resilient Business A Roadmap to Business Resiliency Washington State Emergency Management Division

  2. Road to Resilience Business Resiliency Objective Empower organizations with capabilities to rapidly adapt and transform themselves in response to a spectrum of unexpected events from natural disasters to market driven events.

  3. Current State of Most Businesses According to a recent study – 89% of businesses have evacuation plans in place Research conducted by Assn. of Small Business Development Centers states that ”of those businesses impacted by a disaster with no plan, 43% never reopen.” Of those reopening, only 29% are still operating two years later.

  4. Business Preparedness Indicators Small businesses=companies with $5M to $50M in annual sales Fewer than half of small businesses Conduct regular risk audits Have established alternate work sites Undertake regular tabletop exercises 89% have evacuation plans in place 39% have traumatic counseling plans Re: The Conference Board Report released 5/8/08

  5. Road to Resilience – Step #1 Step 1: Invest In Preparedness Minimizing worry about an employee’s safety and that of their loved ones make for more productive workers. • Proactively prepare your employees before a disaster occurs. • Provide clear communications for employees and their families during a crisis event. • Support your employees and their families as they work to recover post-disaster.

  6. Road to Resilience – Step #1 Preparedness Resources Personal/Family Preparedness

  7. Road to Resilience – Step #1 Preparedness Resources Home Preparedness Secure your home to reduce potential hazards during a disaster. • Secure wall hangings. • Secure tall furniture and objects. • Secure the water heater. • Secure contents of cabinets. • Secure contents in garage and storage. • Complete structural mitigation.

  8. Road to Resilience – Step #1 Preparedness Resources Neighborhood Preparedness Preparing ourselves, and our neighborhoods, for disaster is an act of good citizenship. Every community has serious limits on the amount of emergency resources available to help people in real need. • Learn the 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster. • Complete the Neighborhood Skills and Inventory List. • Create a Neighborhood Map and Contact List. • Identify those with specific needs.

  9. Road to Resilience – Step #1 Preparedness Resources Business Preparedness Economists calculate that every dollar spent on preparing for a disaster saves seven dollars in response. • Steps to Comprehensive Preparedness and Planning. • Access to information and resources on hazards and threats in Washington. • One stop shop training and exercise resources. • Planning templates and best practice examples.

  10. EMD Business Preparedness Steps to Comprehensive Business Preparedness and Planning Safety Meeting Preparedness Topics Personal and Home Preparedness Prepare in a Year Getting Ready – Home Preparedness Pet Preparedness Neighborhood Preparedness Map Your Neighborhood Road to Resilience – Step #1 Key Preparedness Resources

  11. Road to Resilience – Step #2 Step 2: Identify Your Risk • Acknowledge the risks that could impact your business and plan accordingly.

  12. Road to Resilience – Step #2 Identify Your Risk • 90% of all natural disasters in the US involve flooding. • Since 1956, Washington State has • received 31 Presidential Declarations • for flooding events.

  13. Road to Resilience – Step #2 Identify Your Risk • Source: WA State Hazard Profile, Floods.

  14. Road to Resilience – Stop #2 Road to Resilience – Step #2 Identify Your Risks

  15. Road to Resilience – Step #3 Step 3: Mitigate or Transfer Your Risk • Mitigating risk where possible may be more cost effective. • Without insurance the primary form of business disaster relief is a low interest Small Business Administration Loan. • Complete the Non-structural Hazard Mitigation Self Assessment -

  16. Home and business owners need both structure and contents coverage. Recommend business interruption insurance. As of 7/26/09 new state legislation requires insurer notification on flood insurance. Road to Resilience – Step #3 Invest in Insurance

  17. Learn: - How to secure potential hazards. - How to safely turn off utilities. - Personal safety around downed power lines.  - Safe set up and use of a generator. Visit our website: or: Road to Resilience – Step #3 Home and Business Mitigation Projects

  18. Washington State Hazard Mitigation Plan: Non-structural Hazard Mitigation Assessment List: Videos: Office of Insurance Commissioner Education Materials: Road to Resilience – Step #3 Mitigation Resources

  19. Road to Resilience – Step #4 Step 4: Plan and Train For What You Cannot Mitigate…. • Beat the Statistics – Research conducted by the Ad Council found that more than 85% of small businesses understand that emergency preparedness is important, yet only four in ten businesses have a plan to protect their businesses.

  20. Road to Resilience – Step #4 Develop A Business Continuity Plan • Take the “Is Your Business Ready” questionnaire. • Identify and develop back up strategies critical business processes or functions. • **Listen to Small Business Owner Video • Complete the Key Vendor/Supplier Form and ensure they have continuity plan. • Identify alternate work site locations. • Why should you invest time in doing a plan?

  21. EMD Business Planning Resources IBHS Open for Business Toolkit & FEMA’s Ready.Gov planning templates Mike Peroni, Boistfort Valley Organic Farm Business Video Testimonial EMD Business Training and Exercise Resources Links to the majority of Washington local jurisdiction training programs NOAA Weather Radio information: Road to Resilience – Step #4 Planning/Training Resources

  22. Road to Resilience – Step #5 Step 5: Establish Communication Redundancy •

  23. Business Liaison in State Emergency Ops Center

  24. PIER Business Information Site Launch 12/1/08 Leverage use of existing EMD system at no additional cost Secure site with access to most need to know response/recovery information Push, pull and real time interactive communication Enhanced message management and metrics



  27. EMD Business Portal Response Information State Business Liaison contact information Local Emergency Operation Center contact information Public Information Emergency Response (PIER) Business Information site Web based two way messaging system for media releases/business information WA State Department of Transportation I-5 Corridor Freight System website One stop location for trucker restrictions, rest stops and permit information NOAA Weather Radio information Road to Resilience – Step #5 Communication Resources

  28. Road to Resilience – Step #6 Step 6: Advanced Planning • Develop partnerships within your local business community. Know partner resources and develop an understanding in advance to share those resources. • Partner with local emergency management offices on initiatives that improve business response and recovery coordination.

  29. EMD Business Portal Private Industry Best Practices Page Community Organizations Active in Disaster Private Sector NIMS Compliance Activities San Francisco Building Occupancy Resumption Program Road to Resilience – Step #6 Advanced Planning Resources

  30. Road to Resilience Step #1 – Invest in Preparedness Step #2 – Identify Your Risk Step #3 – Mitigate or Transfer Your Risk Step #4 – Plan For What You Can’t Mitigate Step #5 – Establish Communication Redundancy Step #6 – Advanced Planning

  31. For more information please contact: Wendy Freitag or 253-512-7308 Washington State Emergency Management Division