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Pennsylvania SBDC Encourages Businesses to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! for Spring Weather-Related Preparedness and Resilience

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) encourages small businesses to partake in America’s PrepareAthon! occurring Thursday, April 30 to increase individual and community preparedness in the event of weather-related disasters to build resiliency.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions and exercises.

Businesses across Pennsylvania should be aware of the spring weather-related disasters including wildfire, hurricanes, tornados and floods that could strike their business.  Business owners should consider the following when designing their business continuity plan:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

The better prepared communities are as a whole, the quicker they can recover and get back to business as usual.  Advising businesses on issues associated with weather-related disasters is part of the SBDC’s Business Continuity and Survival Services funded with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This project provides the resources for SBDC consultants to advise small firms on business disruption and continuity planning to help them prepare for future business interruptions.  To learn more about these confidential, no-fee business consulting services, contact your local SBDC

America’s PrepareAthon! will hold events and activities across the country twice a year to organize community days of action and encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  The national days of action will be held in the spring and fall; this year, the national days of action will be April 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015.

To follow the campaign online, follow @PrepareAthon on Twitter and use #PrepareAthon.