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Prepare Your Small Business for Disaster

SBA, Nationwide introduce small business disaster preparedness guide.

December 15, 2008
Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), created A Disaster Planning Guide for Small Business Owners, to help CPAs and other small business owners prepare themselves and their businesses for fire, weather and other potential disasters.

“Planning for a disaster can be one of the most important steps a CPA can take to protect themselves,” said Bill Windsor, associate vice president for safety at Nationwide Insurance. “This guide offers practical advice so you can know that if something happens to your business, you’ll be OK.”

The 10-page guide provides information CPAs need to develop an effective plan to protect customers and employees in the event of a disaster. Identifying hazards, creating plans to remain in operation if the office is unusable, making backup copies of critical records and storing them offsite and understanding limitations of the company’s insurance coverage are some key disaster preparedness strategies covered in the guide.

The guide will help CPAs plan for risks associated with:

  • Wildfire
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Flood
  • Earthquake

An electronic version of the guide is available online at www.nationwide.com/disaster-planning-recovery.jsp and hard copies of the guide can also be found at any Nationwide agent’s office. The SBA is also distributing the guide at SBA field offices, its resource partners around the country and disaster field offices, as well as an electronic version at www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/
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When you’re ready to speak to an agent, find one near you using our professional locator found at www.nationwide.com/cpa. A Nationwide Agent is always ready to help you with your business insurance needs.

Visit our Web site at www.nationwide.com for additional information on protecting your business.