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When it comes to protecting your business, you have as much responsibility to your employees and their families as you do for the bottom line. How you prepare in advance for emergencies and disasters determines whether you and your business survive or become one of the 40% of companies that never recover from a catastrophe.

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In this day long, two part workshop, you’ll learn the skills to get you on the road to weathering any type of emergency, from  a power outages, to a computer virus attack, equipment failure, theft, flooding, accidental damage or a big earthquake.

Morning session, 4 hours – Preparedness Planning for Your Business and Staff. The American Red Cross and

What do you do if an employee is having a heart attack? Who would respond to a life threatening injury to a visitor in your office? How will you communicate and reconnect with your staff after a disaster? Do your employees know what to do during and after an earthquake?

In this four hour workshop, we’ll introduce you to the part of business continuity you may be missing—Preparedness Planning for your business and staff.

1. Preparedness planning as part of a resilient and sustainable organization. Learn how to identify hazards, both natural and man-made where you work and live, and the impact a disaster could have on you, your business and your community. See how a few simple first steps in preparedness can have a huge impact on safety and team spirit, and in ways beyond he office you may not realize.

2. Business Case study: A hands on example of how disaster can affect a business. 

3. Ready Rating Self Assessment. The Ready Rating program from the America Red Cross is an easy to understand and realistic first step in helping a business prepare for and respond to a disaster and other workplace emergencies. You’ll learn how to use the program and then get hands guidance on to begin a review of your current preparedness level.

4. Emergency supplies in a disaster. In preparing for a disaster, a business should be equipped to provide basic necessities for all employees for a minimum of three days, including food, water, first aid, and sheltering supplies that may become essential in an emergency.  We’ll show you how to build and maintain an emergency kit, and how to customize it for specific disasters you might face in you area.

5. Creating your disaster personality. Learn how to manage the psychological and emotional stress caused by a crisis or emergency. We’ll do some group exercises that will help reinforce these concepts.

Afternoon session, 4 hours – Business Continuity Planning:  The Show Must Go On. April Lawless, Coordinated Consulting Services  and the Oregon Small Business Development Center.

In this 4 hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and the benefits to your business.  Good BCPs will assist you in keeping the business running through disruptions including power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, staff shortages and more.

 1. Business Impact Analysis Workshop. This workshop will give you the opportunity to identify the most critical functions and processes of your business through a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) process.  This process assists a business in determining which parts of the business should be restored first during any interruption in service.

2. Key Components of a BCP. The presentation will outline the key components of an overall Business Continuity Plan including: Succession Planning, Alternate Locations, Redundant Communications, Notification Procedures, Technology Dependencies, and Vendors and Supply Chain Issues.

3. The legal and financial considerations of business continuity, from the Oregon Small Business Development Center. The legal issues involved in business contingency planning are some of the most misunderstood and confusing aspects of the entire process of creating a disaster recovery plan. Disaster recovery planners are not expected to be lawyers. However, they are responsible for understanding the existing regulatory guidelines and the legal consequences of their company’s failure to implement an effective disaster recovery plan.

4. Services offered by the Oregon Small Business Development Center, Questions and discussion.

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