The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department with the help of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of
Commerce and SESLOC Federal Credit Union would like to provide your business with vital
information to develop an emergency plan today.
All right, raise your hand if you have intended to put together your 72-hour emergency kit for
your home. Keep your hand raised if you've actually put together this emergency kit for you and
your loved ones (for those of you with your hand still raised, pat yourself on the back –
Congratulations!!!). Now, let’s talk about business. That’s right, either your business or where
you earn your livelihood. Let’s ask the same question. Raise your hand if you have intended to
develop a plan for the continued success of your business in the event of a disaster. Keep your
hand raised if you have actually completed this plan. Unfortunately, we highly suspect that there
are very few hands still in the air.
Let’s go over some facts – Over 90% of businesses that have a major incident, do not recover
within three years of the incident because of finances, competition, data/records loss and/or lack
of continuity. Please read that again – OVER 90% fail within 3 years of a large scale incident,
be it fire, flood, or other disaster. Business contingency planning is just good business. Simply,
disaster preparedness is one of the least expensive insurance policies and investments that a
business owner can make (you don’t even need to buy it, you just need to DO IT).
When you consider that the number of declared major disasters nearly doubled in the 1990s
compared to the previous decade, preparedness becomes an even more critical issue. The State of
California alone has had 71 declared disasters over the last 30 years, the second highest in the
nation. Though each situation is unique, any organization can be better prepared if it plans
carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all types of emergencies.
After a disaster the nation and our economy are more secure if businesses are ready to survive
and recover. America’s businesses form the backbone of the nation’s economy; small businesses
alone account for more than 99% of all companies with employees. They employ 50% of all
private sector workers and provide nearly 45% of the nation’s payroll. A commitment to
planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and
even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better
chance for survival.
This document outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can use to start
getting ready. It provides practical information to help you plan for your company’s future. By
providing this information, the City of San Luis Obispo is very interested in and committed to
helping you stay in business. However, it is up to you to make this plan happen – DO IT NOW!!
Every business should have a plan.
Get ready now!
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