Alachua County to Host Emergency Response Business Summit

Does your business have a plan for continuing operations if a hurricane hits? What about if a flood takes out the interior of your office? If not, it’s time to make one.

According to the Hartford’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness Planning, 71 percent of small businesses don’t have any sort of emergency plan in place to deal with natural and manmade disasters. If disaster strikes, 43 percent of these businesses will never open again.

In order to help a greater number of businesses prepare for disasters, Alachua County Emergency Management is hosting its first “Emergency Response Business Summit” on June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Summit topics include basic planning, storm tracking, shelter locations, recovery sites and re-entry issues for businesses.

The event will be held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center, 1100 SE 27th St.

Businesses, trade associations, area chambers of commerce and service providers are invited to attend, but must RSVP online before May 31. For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.

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