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Thursday June 16th, 2011 :: 01:35 p.m. PDT
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Small business owners urged to prepare in advance of emergency. Up to 40% don’t reopen after disasters @AdCouncil @FEMA @RedCross

FEMA, Red Cross & Ad Council launch new Ready Business PSA’s to urge small businesses to prepare in advance of an emergency
Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all employers. Unfortunately, small to medium-sized businesses are also the most vulnerable in the event of an emergency. An Ad Council survey reported that nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents said they do not have an emergency plan in place for their business. By taking steps ahead of time, many of these businesses can be better prepared to survive and recover after an emergency.

“Businesses small and large make up the backbone of economies in communities across our country,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that businesses and organizations will not only survive and recover themselves, but also help their neighbors and communities recover more quickly.”

Read here for more information:
http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/adcouncil/50292/?TC=50292
http://www.ready.gov/business/
http://www.redcross.org/
http://www.adcouncil.org/

The above was presented by the Advertising Council, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross on behalf of READY BUSINESS.

Also:
County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide:
http://lacoa.org/PDF/EmergencySurvivalGuide-LowRes.pdf

Ready! Set! Go! – Los Angeles County Fire Department:
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http://fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/ReadySetGo/home.asp

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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
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