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SBA Preps Businesses for Hurricane Season - What Every Business Owner in Houston/Galveston Should Know

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HOUSTON DISTRICT OFFICE

Release Date: July 17, 2017
Release Number: 17-15
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SBA Preps Businesses for Hurricane Season
What Every Business Owner in Houston/Galveston Should Know

HOUSTON – With the approach of every dark cloud and the rolling-rumble of thunder, we are reminded that it is Hurricane Season. The U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office reminds all business owners in the Houston/Galveston regional area to be prepared with some valuable information.

Just like developing a successful business plan, you should also have a disaster preparation and recovery plan. The disaster plan should include not only boarding up procedures but also; backing up business data; checking for adequate insurance coverage (to include separate flood insurance); know evacuation routes and develop a communication plan for employees and families in case they are separated; and have a contingency plan for getting your business back up and running after the storm has passed.

 

There are many more tips and training that can be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website and the SBA has co-sponsored www.preparemybusiness.org which can easily prepare any business owner for a disaster and help prevent from putting employees at risk. 

Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses who suffer grave loss during a disaster never reopen their doors. Many were not aware that the SBA often offers financial disaster assistance. Through low-interest disaster loans available to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters; SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery, equipment, inventory and business assets following a declared disaster. 

Be Ready.

Whether you are a season pro, or a new small business owner, you never can spend too much time preparing for a disaster. And in the event of a declared disaster, an SBA Disaster Assistance Center will open and their services will be announced through your local media. You can learn more about SBA Emergency Preparedness at https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/emergency-preparedness.

Whether you are a season pro, or a new small business owner, you never can spend too much time preparing for a disaster. And in the event of a declared disaster, an SBA Disaster Assistance Center will open and their services will be announced through your local media. You can learn more about SBA Emergency Preparedness at https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/emergency-preparedness.

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