Business Preparedness Toolkit

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Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Catastrophes can strike anywhere at any time, and can disrupt every aspect of your business, from employee and workplace productivity to IT systems and supply chains. No part of the country is immune to natural disasters or disruptive events. Before the next emergency, take time, ask questions, make decisions and put a plan in place.

Plan now for the unthinkable. Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Red Cross can help your business develop and test emergency plans, and prepare for disasters large and small. These tools can help you keep your business running even during the most challenging times.


According to the Small Business Disaster Preparedness Study conducted by Portland software maker Sage North America, more than 60 percent of U.S. small businesses have no formal emergency-response plan. Here’s where to start:

Ready Rating™
Ready Rating can guide your business with simple, measurable steps to become better prepared for emergencies. The goal of the program is to improve your ability to withstand a disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. For more information about this free and informative program, visit

Prepared Playbook
The challenges small businesses face daily are only compounded in the event of an emergency. In business, being prepared for adversity is what separates those who simply survive from those who thrive.
Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Worksheet
Use this worksheet to determine what local hazards and emergencies to be prepared for.
Drill/Exercise History Form
Use this form to document exercises, evacuations, and similar drills.
Personal Workplace Preparedness Kits
The supplies on this checklist are necessities for a workplace environment, where you and your staff could be confined for several hours or overnight in the event of an emergency.

Employee Preparedness

When it comes to emergency planning, employees need guidance on how and when to report for work and management needs to understand what services and support they can expect from suppliers. Making communications a priority during a crisis helps retain customers and minimize uncertainty. Your emergency response plans depend on the readiness of your staff to take action to prepare for and respond to workplace emergencies.

Onsite Preparedness Classes
The American Red Cross Cascades Region offers free emergency preparedness presentations tailored to your company. Our “Prepare!” presentation focuses on focus on local hazards and basic steps everyone can take to prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.
Health and Safety Training
The American Red Cross is the leading provider of health and safety training in the US. With online, on-site and community class options to meet your needs, the Red Cross can provide first aid, CPR and AED training for your employees.
OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Training
The Red Cross now offers OSHA 10 and 30 hour training to strengthen workplace health and safety.
Team First Aid Exercises
Team First Aid exercises are guided, scenario-based team sessions designed to enhance a certified employee’s ability to respond as a team.
Red Cross Blood Drives
Host a bloodmobile at your company or visit a local blood center and donate life-saving blood. Red Cross blood drives are a great employee-engagement opportunity.
Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities
From smoke alarm installation in local neighborhoods to national disaster response, the Red Cross offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those looking for day of service and longer-term opportunities. Visit

Home Preparedness

Your staff’s first priority in an emergency is the well-being and safety of their family. Your company’s operations depend on your employees’ timely return to the workplace after an event. Home preparedness is a business priority.

Prepare! Resource Guide
The 28-page booklet offers information, checklists and resources to prepare for, and recover from almost any type of emergency or disaster.
The Red Cross Store
From hand-crank radios to first-aid kits and pre-packaged disaster preparedness bags, the Red Cross Store provides a wide range of preparedness supplies for your home, office and car.
Red Cross Mobile Apps
One of the easiest ways to learn about disaster preparedness and have disaster-ready tools at your fingertips is to download the free Red Cross mobile apps. These fun, easy-to-use, informative apps can be lifesavers in an emergency.
American Red Cross Safe and Well Website
After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make communication easier.

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