The Chamber cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared and having written plans for your organization no matter how small a company. Our area has been very lucky for a number of years, however this is prime hurricane season and we never know what lies ahead. After Hugo a number of our small companies closed due to poor or lack of prior planning, and a hurricane is only one possible disaster.
Statistics show that 40% of small businesses close their business after a disaster and if a business does not reopen within 2 weeks of a disaster they will not reopen.
This was the topic of discussion at the July 20, 2012 Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Area Council meeting. Here are resources from that meeting.
- Berkeley Chamber Disaster Recovery
- Disaster Planning: For a Coordinated Response and Recovery from Disasters
Special thanks to our guest speakers:
- John Simkovich, Health Director of SC DHEC Region 7
- Les Cooper, State Farm
- Ben Fleming, Transmissions Operation Manager