Hurricane season starts June 1st and extends to November 30th and it’s all about preparation. Small businesses should prepare for disasters before they occur to increase the chances of surviving a major disaster by taking basic measures before the season begins.
Stay informed and create a plan to be ready when disaster strikes.
Small Business Administration (SBA): SBA provides loans to business and individuals to repair or replace real estate,personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.
The Economic Injury Loan provides up to $2M for small businesses suffering hardship during a declared disaster.
SBA’s Customer Service Center: 800-659-2955
Broward County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides business continuation services, including assistance with SBA Loan application.
Ready.gov/Business – Ready Business assists businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.
Click on the Ready Business How-To Guide for relevant information.
FloridaDisaster.biz – provides businesses with access to critical information before, during and after a disaster. This program is a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM). Click here to learn more and register your business today.
Financial Preparedness - An important aspect of disaster preparedness is financial preparedness. This toolkit is designed to help you organize your financial information before and after a disaster.
Watch the Small Business Disaster Preparedness Webinar to protect your small business from disaster and learn important tips.