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Disaster Prep: Prepare for the Unexpected
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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Protect Your Biz

Last Friday, July 16, at 5:04 am an earthquake shook the SCORE headquarters. It was strong enough to be felt in two states plus Washington, DC. The earthquake measured a 3.6 on the Richter scale and was one of the largest to hit the DC metropolitan area in decades.

 An earthquake in DC. What an unexpected event. That’s why so important to have a disaster plan in place. Whether it’s a natural disaster like a flood, or man-made disaster like the recent oil spill, you always need to be prepared to protect your business.  Review the simple steps you can take to safeguard your investment. Then, visit SCORE’s Disaster Preparedness page to get more tips, tools and resources.

  • Use an online data back-up service. These companies routinely save all the documents on your computer securely off site. So, if your computer is damaged, your files are still safe.
  • Buy a fireproof and waterproof safe. Make copies of your most important business documents and keep them stored for safekeeping. Make sure to update documents as necessary.
  • Make sure you have insurance coverage. If your area is prone to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other natural disasters, make sure your covered. Also, check the fine print. Some policies will cover wind damage from hurricanes, but not the resulting flood damage.

Jacalyn Barnes, SCORE
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