Business Preparedness

Business/Organization Preparedness
Is your business or organization ready to respond to an emergency?

Business and their staff face a variety of hazards.  There are natural hazards like floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.  Health hazards, including COVID-19.  Technology-related hazards like power outage and equipment failure.  Sadly, there are also human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.  

Business owners or employers can do a lot to prepare an organization for the most likely/common hazards that could impact operations.  In the Upper Peninsula, these include severe winter weather, wildfires, floods, and potential power outages due to thunderstorms and severe weather.  To learn more about these hazards, visit  

Since 2003, the US government has been encouraging the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including man-made and natural disasters.  Through the Ready initiative, individuals, schools, businesses and others can access toolkits that provide information and templates specific to their needs.  Visit to access the Business Ready toolkit or click the Get Ready! button.  

Ready Business

The Ready Business toolkit includes hazard-specific versions for a variety of events including inland flooding, power outage, severe wind/tornado and more.  Each toolkit offers businesses a step-by-step guide to build preparedness within the organization.  Each toolkit contains the following sections: 

  • Identify Your Risk 
  • Develop a Plan
  • Take Action
  • Be Recognized and Inspire Others