Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Business Continuity & Preparedness

Ensuring businesses continuity and preparedness is a concern for business owners and economic developers alike. This page list resources that assist in ensuring business continuity post-disaster and how to prepare for disasters to ensure business continuity.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

IEDC is proud to announce the release of a revised Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S…. …more

Association of Business Contingency

The Association of Business Contingency is the national association for business continuity professionals providing networking opportunities and a learning environment of programs, workshops… …more

Business Continuity and Preparedness Toolkits

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides two free useful tools for small businesses, one focused on business continuity, the other on business preparedness. Hav… …more

Business Continuity How-To’s: Seeing a Business Through the Storm Workshop Presentations

On March 5th, 2014, IEDC held a day-long, interactive workshop on the basics of how to deliver hands-on business continuity training for small businesses in a community. These three presenta… …more

Business Continuity Information Network

Business Continuity Information Network is a web‐based service where local businesses, county emergency management, and organizations that assist businesses can gather to share critical in… …more

Business Continuity Institute

The Business Continuity Institute site offers an online registry of disaster planning consultants and a range of free resources, including complete and “pocket-sized summary” online vers… …more

Business Continuity Planning Suite Software

If you need more help getting a business or organization prepared, please use the new Business Continuity Planning Suite developed by DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate and … …more

Business Resource Guide Example

A great example of a business resource guide for small businesses and economic recovery was published by Seedco Financial after the Gulf Coast Oil Spill and provides a great example of  who… …more


Business.gov provides information on a wide variety of opportunities for small business to compete for government contracts, including a list of state and federal procurement agencies, infor… …more

Disaster Preparation and Business Continuity Planning

Disaster Preparation and Business Continuity Planning is a resource developed by the Central Florida Development Council that provides business continuity planning assistance, including reso… …more

Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses

This guide, produced by the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network under the Disaster Relief Program,  is designed as a working guide that will direct you through the steps as y… …more

Disaster Recovery Journal

The  Disaster Recovery Journal  is available free online to anyone involved in managing or preparing disaster recovery and business continuity planning in the United States and Canada. The… …more

Disaster Recovery.org

Disaster Recovery.org provides guidance and information about disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Resources available through their website include: plan templates, case stud… …more

Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit

The Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit®, an interactive, comprehensive plan-building software tool for businesses, non-profit and organizations. Through videos, interactive tables an… …more

Disaster Resource Guide Publication

The Disaster Resource Guide is a source for crisis/emergency management and business continuity information. The GUIDE (2009/2010) features “Plans and Exercises to Build a Timely Communi… …more

Doing Business with FEMA and Additional Business Preparedness Resources Webinar

Is your business or organization looking to become more engaged with your community in advance of, during, and after emergencies?  According to the Insurance Information Institute “40% of… …more

Download a Free Guide on Engaging Small Businesses in Disaster Preparedness

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) released a user-friendly guide for business support organizations with practical tips on engaging small businesses in disaster prepare… …more

Download Webinar: Strategies to Spur Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities

On July 30th, 2012, IEDC hosted a webinar highlighted best practice examples of how to prepare your organization and your business community to be more resilient in the wake of a disaster, … …more

Florida Business Disaster Survival Kit

The Florida Business Disaster Survival Kit was created by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission to assist local business community in business continuity planning, hazards analysis and … …more

How Prepared is Your Business or School? Ready Rating Webinar

If you’re interested in making your organization better prepared for disaster and emergency events, watch this webinar to hear from Red Cross staff and a Ready Rating Member about this progr… …more

How to Prepare for the Next Major Economic Disruption Webinar

On April 23rd, 2013 IEDC hosted a webinar on how to prepare for the next economic disruption. This included practical steps to aid your local business community. The straightforward advice w… …more

Insurance Information Institute

The Insurance Information Institute was established more than fifty years ago as a recognized source of information, analysis, and referral concerning insurance. Click here for insurance inf… …more

International Center for Enterprise Preparedness White Paper

New York University’s International Center for Enterprise Preparedness White Paper on business preparedness and insurance incentives. …more

Materials from Workshops "Keeping Our Businesses Strong: Strategies for Business Continuity in the Face of Disasters"

On March 10,  11,  and May 12, 2015, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) hosted t… …more

Open for Business Basic

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a nonprofit initiative by the insurance industry, created Open for Business Basic. This free guide outlines business continuity planning… …more

Prepare My Business.org

Prepare My Business is an SBA website that provides small business resources for disaster and business continuity planning and testing, as well as to provide free educational resources on ke… …more

Preparing a Businesses for a Pandemic Course

The Preparing a Businesses for a Pandemic course will assist small and medium-sized businesses in surviving a potential pandemic including the importance of business planning, communicating … …more

Preparing Your Small Business for a Disaster Guide

Preparing Your Small Business for a Disaster is a resource that lists effective emergency planning activities, provides a short, straightforward checklist, as well as a list of resources and… …more

PS – Prep Standards by FEMA

PS-Prep is a new set of standards adopted by FEMA to encourage private sector preparedness. Small businesses, corporations and nonprofits can voluntarily become PS-Prep certified under a set… …more

Ready Business

Ready Business was created to educate and empower individuals, small businesses and interested parties to prepare for and respond to emergencies. This resource is focused specifically on bus… …more

Ready Rating Program

American Red Cross sponsored Ready Rating program helps businesses and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access t… …more

Resources for Business Preparedness Webinar

This webinar features three presentations on three programs for business preparedness. This includes the Red Cross Ready Rating program, Open for Business, and the Prepare My Business Progra… …more

VtSBDC Disaster Recovery Guide for Business

The Guide was produced by the VtSBDC Staff in response to the day to day challenges that were faced by the businesses we advised in the days, weeks and months following Tropical Storm Irene…. …more

Webinar: How to Engage Local Businesses in Critical Disaster Preparation Activities

This webinar features the Charleston Metro Chamber Business efforts to assist businesses in business continuity efforts. Learn how to effectively recruit local businesses in preparation activities …more