Online Disaster Tool Kit

Be Prepared for Anything!

“An Online Disaster Tool Kit should be part of the contingency plan for every family business,” suggests family business expert Don Schwerzler. “Like the fire drills we all had in school, contingency plans need practice to ensure that if something catastrophic happens, business continuity can be expected.”

Schwerzler has been studying and advising family businesses for more than 40 years and he is the founder of the Family Business Institute headquartered in Atlanta GA.

One of the best examples of a well-rehearsed, well executed contingency plan was how one family business reacted to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Read about the incredible reaction and recovery time achieved by the Oreck Corporation

Your family business online disaster tool kit should be custom-tailored for each family business – emergency contact numbers, communication teams, how to access shut-off valves for water and natural gas, de-contamination stations, emergency medical supplies, fire suppression systems and equipment such as emergency generators.

FEMA provides some links that can be incorporated into your online disaster toolkit:

Emergency supply kits — a what-you-need checklist

FEMA assistance - getting help application

Emergency brochures — print out helpful brochures & manuals (PDF)

FEMA Earthquake Information

FEMA Flood Insurance — monitor storms in real time, set up alerts

Radiation emergencies — protect yourself & your family

Food Safety — news, recalls, tips, & food safety advice

Community Resources — find local emergency resources nationwide

CDC Guide to Extreme Heat

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Disabled

Protect Your Pets

Saving Money on Supplies

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