After Hurricane-Related Disasters, Florida Firms Prepare for Business Continuity

More Jacksonville, Fla., firms better prepared for disasters, but not enough say statistics


(www.ready.gov) Business owners can find recommendations on how to prepare emergency and recovery plans, how to conduct a risk analysis, and measures to implement to lessen damage from disasters.

Institute for Business & Home Safety

(www.ibhs.org): Includes a section on protecting against hurricanes, hail, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and freezing weather.

The Disaster Contractors Network

(www.dcnonline.org) Connects business owners and homeowners with contractors and vendors offering repair and rebuilding services. Business owners can search the site for contractors by category, keyword or geographic location. The Web site offers services, including the ability to check if a contractor's license is valid and current.

The U.S. Small Business Administration

(www.sba.gov/disaster/getready.html) Contains disaster preparation tips and a checklist of planning tasks for business owners to consider.

(Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville) (KRT) -- 06/08/06)