Preparation & Response for Businesses
Small businesses face a daunting set of challenges when preparing for natural disasters. Often living in the same communities where they operate their businesses, small business owners can be threatened on multiple fronts in a disaster scenario, forced to protect both personal and professional assets. Further, small business often lack the resources that larger enterprises or franchise operations benefit from. This document is intended to help small business prepare for the unique challenges they face when disasters strike.
- Small Business Administration
- FEMA, Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Division
- Heritage Preservation, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Main Street Resources for Businesses
Preparation & Response
- Coping With Disaster (Main Street News, No. 190, October 2002). FREE from Main Street News, an article detailing how small businesses can prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
- Averting Disaster: Asset Protection for Main Street Business(Main Street News, No. 235, December 2006. Main Street members-only content.)
- Insurance 101: Looking Ahead(Main Street News, No. 223, November 2005. Main Street members-only content.)
- Keeping Post-Disaster Main Street Going: You may be down, but not out(Main Street News, No. 222, October 2005. Main Street members-only content.)
- Reaching Out: Main Street Network Mobilizes to Assist Katrina Victims(Main Street News, No. 222, October 2005. Main Street members-only content.)
- Cover Me(Main Street News, No. 1990, August 2003. Main Street members-only content.)
- Security at Main Street Special Events (Main Street News, No. 181, November 2001. Main Street members-only content.)
- National Trust Insurance Services(NTIS). NTIS is the nation's leading insurance agency specifically designed to offer comprehensive insurance solutions to historic property owners and preservation organizations.
- Getting the Right Insurance for Your Historic Building(Forum News, March/April 2009, Volume XV, No. 4; members only content).
- State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) List, found at the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers' website.
- Water-Resistant Design and Construction: An Illustrated Guide to Preventing Water Intrusion, Condensation, and Mold(McGraw Hill 2007, 286 pages). An in-depth guide to preparing your home to withstand water intrusion threats from floods, hurricanes, and severe storms..
- Disaster Mitigation for Historic Structures: Protection Strategies(Florida SHPO/1000 Friends of Florida). A guide to help building owners understand which protection and mitigation strategies maybe appropriate for their property based on its specific characteristics.
- Fire Safety in Historic Buildings(National Trust for Historic Preservation)
- Fire Safety Retrofitting (General Services Administration)
- Preserving History from Fire: Bridging the Gap Between Safety Codes and Historic Buildings (Old House Journal, November/December 2000). Addresses fire code issues for older buildings.
- Up In Smoke (Preservation Magazine, November/December 2002). Discusses publications useful for developing fire safety code for historic buildings; discusses performance-based building codes—a policy tool that can be used to limit destruction of historic fabric while improving fire safety; discusses other ways to limit the threat of fire in historic structures.
- Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings(National Trust for Historic Preservation)
- Mold Removal Guidelines for Your Home(LSU Ag Center)
- A Guide to the Disaster Declaration Process;(FEMA)
- After The Flood: Rebuilding Communities Through Historic Preservation, a video produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting, talks about the state response mechanisms that acted to save historic resources after the historic 1996 floods in south Georgia.
- Dealing With Debris And Damaged Buildings, post-Katrina information from the EPA specifically relating to structurally unsound buildings and hazardous materials.