Business Readiness

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How quickly your company can get back to business after a terrorist attack, tornado, fire, or flood often depends on emergency planning done today.

FEMA outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help you plan for your company's future. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard NFPA 1600 developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security. It also provides useful links to resources providing more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information. Here are few useful tips:

Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company (see LA Emergencies and Threats section).

  • Create a crisis communication plan which details how you will be in contact with employees, customers and others during and after a disaster.
  • Practice the plan by doing drills and exercises to help you and your employee prepare.
  • Encourage your employees and their families to create and emergency plan. Visit the Family Readiness website for tips.
  • Review your insurance policy to ensure your coverage is adequate.
  • Take steps to protect your data and information technology systems from cyber attacks.

For more information on business readiness, visit FEMA's "Ready Business" page. 

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For a guide on preparing  your workplace for disasters, download: 

7 Steps to a Disaster Resilient Workplace

Planning for Business Operations After Earthquakes

If you own a small business impacted by COVID-19, these resources may be of assistance: 

LA City Business Resilience Toolkit

Resuming Business Toolkit - COVID19

For Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Business Reopening Protocol, please visit:

LA County Public Health Guidance for Field Staff

LA County Public Health Face Coverings Infographic

LA County Public Health Guidance for Workplace Response

LA County Public Health PPE Vendor List