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Before a Business Interruption Plan

OFB-EZ (Open for Business-EZ) - This document contains several planning tools, such as evaluation checklists, to help business users understand their risks and forms for users to enter and store important contact information for employees, key customers, suppliers and vendors.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Small Business Preparedness Guide - To minimize the impact of disasters on employees, property, and operations, businesses must make the right preparations.

Document. Document. Document.

Review Insurance Coverage

Mitigation, Securing Your Equipment, Building Structure, Parking Lots and More!

Prepare for Utility Disruptions

Secure Facilities

Have Disaster Supplies on Hand

Cyber Security

Develop an Emergency Communications Plan

Other Preparedness Resources

Business Reentry Registration - The Governor of South Carolina has approved into law a new measure that provides a system for post-disaster reentry certification for businesses and organizations that assist in the restoration of utilities and other services.

U.S. Small Business Administration Emergency Preparedness - For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore the resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan. - Disaster planning and preparedness can be your lifeline to staying in business. With proper education, planning, testing and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay in business through any interruption and beyond.

American Red Cross, Ready Rating Program - American Red Cross Ready Rating™, a first-of-its-kind membership program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members join this free, self-paced program and complete a 123-point self-assessment of your level of preparedness to reveal areas for improvement.

Allstate - Guide for catastrophe prep, recovery and coverage

FEMA - Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Department of Homeland Security -To develop an “all hazards approach,” DHS has adopted National Fire Protection Association 1600 (NFPA 1600) as the American National Standard for developing a preparedness program.

Ready.Gov - Risk Mitigation - Learn about the many mitigation strategies that can reduce damage from hazards.

Ready.Gov - Hurricane Preparedness Social Media Toolkit - This digital toolkit contains social media posts, links to graphics/videos, press release template, employee e-mail message, blog post/opinion-editorial template, and key messages to promote hurricane preparedness. 

CDC Emergency Response Resources - A comprehensive plan for dealing with terrorism-related events should include specific instructions to building occupants, actions to be taken by facility management, and first responder notification procedures. 


Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Smart - At least 25 percent of businesses that close after destructive events such as floods never reopen. From 2011 to 2015, the average commercial flood claim amounted to more than $90,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. Find the flood risk for your business now using our One-Step Flood Risk Profile.

South Carolina Insurance News Service - Find information about insurance needed by businesses, including home businesses, as well as details about workers' compensation insurance.

List of Additional Resources

Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency; Ready BusinessOFB-EZ (Open for Business-EZ)