​Emergency Preparedness Planning for Your Business or Organization

For COVID-19 Specific Guidance and Resources, see links below:

Businesses and Non-Profits and their staff face a variety of hazards:

• Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
• Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu.
• Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.
• Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure.

There are practical steps that business and non-profit leaders can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards. Following are resources, toolkits and on-line courses to help you get there!

For resources specific to houses of worship, see Emergency Planning for Faith-Based Organizations

FEMA’s Ready Business program helps business and organizational leaders make an emergency preparedness plan to get ready for various hazards. The Ready Business Toolkit series includes hazard-specific versions for earthquake, hurricane, inland flooding, power outage, and severe wind/tornado. Toolkits offer business leaders a step-by-step guide to build preparedness within an organization. Each toolkit contains the following sections:
•Identify Your Risk
•Develop A Plan
•Take Action
•Be Recognized and Inspire Others

In addition, the Ready Business Videos provides leaders with the tools to plan, take action, and become a Ready Business. The program addresses several key parts of getting ready, including Staff, Surroundings, Physical space, Building Construction, Systems, and Service. These videos briefly explain each concept.

Business Continuity Plan - is a plan to help ensure that a business or organization’s processes can continue during a time of emergency or disaster. Such emergencies or disasters might include a fire or any other situation where business is not able to occur under normal conditions. If you need more help getting a business or organization prepared, please use the new Business Continuity Planning Suite (ZIP Archive - 13 Mb: PC Compatible) developed by DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate and FEMA. This software was created for any business with the need to create, improve, or update its business continuity plan. The Suite is scalable for optimal use by organizations of any size.

FEMA’s Business Continuity Certification Program – is an intensive curriculum that is available for students at all levels, from individuals new to continuity to program managers with many years of experience. Training classes enable personnel to develop and enhance their continuity knowledge and expertise. Some courses are offered in a web-based independent study (IS) setting to allow students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of continuity. For more information about in-person courses, email

Do 1 Thing  has developed a 12 month program to help you get your business ready by taking a small step each month. Unlike our usual program, it is important that businesses start at month one, and go in order as each month builds on the last month. We highly encourage businesses to take advantage of this program that we have spent a long time on.

American Red Cross Ready Rating Program
The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.  Are you new to Ready Rating?  Check out the link below for immediate access to help videos about the program enhancements.
For more information, go to Ready Rating Program - How it works, FAQ or view the Video Gallery.

In Class Course:
E0548: Continuity of Operations Program Manager TTT (Train the Trainer) Course:
Held 1 x/year at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. Next one is scheduled for March 19 & 20, 2019. Go to Course Catalog  and enter “E0548” into the search bar for information.

On-line Courses & Information:
Introduction to Continuity of Operations
Continuity of Operations Awareness Course