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Is Your Small Business Ready to Handle a Disaster?

Published on Jul 7, 2011

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Read 'Is Your Small Business Ready to Handle a Disaster?' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
Considering the world’s unpredictable nature, its always good to be prepared for any situation. The same is true for small businesses. Because of this, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the American Red Cross have teamed up to inform the public about the necessity of implementing a disaster recovery plan. The two agencies will promote and sponsor workshops to train individuals to be prepared for any situation. They will also reach out to inform small businesses around the nation about the Red Cross Rating program which is a web-based, customized membership program that evaluates the disaster-preparedness level of a business. “By partnering with the SBA to get more families and businesses prepared for emergencies, we hope to save both lives and livelihoods,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. Another thing that can be done to protect small businesses from a disaster is to employ virtual data storage technology. External hard drives, zip drives, and the like could all be maimed during a disaster. Using “the cloud” for back up data storage can save a small business owner from serious hardship. According to a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, 70 percent of small businesses that encounter serious data loss go out of business within a year. It is imperative every small business be prepared for a disaster.