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. Having both an emergency preparedness and response plan as well as a business continuity plan in place saves time and focuses energy during emergency situations.By taking this action, business owners will help make their communities more resilient, while also protecting their employees and their business’ bottom line. Open For Business-EZ (OFB-EZ) is a streamlined kit for small businesses that may not have the time or resources to create an extensive disaster recovery plan. In addition, there is a free OFB-EZ mobile app to complete the same tasks as the toolkit.
Visit IBHS’ dedicated OFB-EZ web page to find:
- OFB-EZ Toolkit
- OFB-EZ Frequently Asked Questions
- OFB-EZ Mobile App
- Sample Social Media Posts
- Additional Business Continuity Resources
EZ-PREP is an emergency preparedness and response planning guide for small businesses. One of the most useful features of EZ-PREP is that actions are organized chronologically. If a business has advance warning of an extreme weather event such as a hurricane or a severe storm front expected to hit their area, this tool walks users through what should be done five days before, 72 hours before, 24-48 hours before, during and immediately after the event, and during the recovery process and it is customizable to include the capability of adding their own specific action items or tasks.