Make copies of your important records, and store them in a secure place far enough away in case a widespread disaster hits, yet close enough to have quick access to those documents when needed.
Keep an up-to-date list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers for family members, employees, co-workers and insurance company contacts. Make someone in your family or company responsible for maintaining this list, and for contacting everyone after the disaster.
Do you understand the limits of your business, homeowner or renter’s insurance policy? Check in with your insurance agent to make sure you have enough coverage to recover from the disaster.
Put together an emergency kit that includes at least one gallon of water per person per day, a three-day supply of non-perishable food, battery-powered radios, flashlights with extra batteries, a first aid kit and a cooler to keep refrigerated food cold in case of a power outage.
To get help on building a plan for your family and business, the best emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can be found at Ready.gov. If you’re a business owner, you owe it to your family and employees to protect your company from being shut down permanently after a disaster.