Emergency package helps business prepare for the worst

Federal Government launches online emergency management and recovery resources package as bushfire season nears

Emergency package helps business prepare for the worst
Emergency package helps business prepare for the worst
September 22, 2011

Australia’s small businesses are being encouraged to safeguard their assets against natural disasters and theft using a new resources package launched this week by the Federal Government.

The Emergency management & recovery resources package, which can be accessed online, includes a quick-action checklist and template for an emergency management plan.

Minister for Small Business, Senator Nick Sherry, says the initiative was developed by the Australian Government’s small business website in response to natural disasters experienced over the past year.

"Natural disasters like cyclones, floods and bushfires are part of the Australian landscape," Senator Sherry says.

"Many businesses are just too busy with the demanding day-to-day task of running a small business to think about planning for unpredictable events," he says.

"This package helps small businesses prepare for the worst, rather than hope for the best."

The launch took place at Emergency Management and Business Continuity Summit in Sydney yesterday, and was attended by emergency management experts from around the world, including the former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.

Speaking via a video stream, Senator Sherry says the package brings together the extensive range of government information in an easy-to-read format.

"The information is split into three important stages-prepare, take action and recover," he says.

"Each stage includes a quick-action checklist."

The key feature of the package is a template with an instruction guide that businesses can use to create their own emergency management plan.

"This will help businesses to plan for a range of emergency scenarios, to minimise risk and develop contingency plans," Sherry says.

Whether it is a robbery or a natural disaster, businesses can take steps to safeguard their livelihood.

"Pre-emptive actions could include backing up data, keep an up-to-date list of important contacts or maintaining accurate insurance claim records," Sherry says.

With the bushfire season just around the corner, he is urging all small businesses to start creating their emergency management plans now.

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