Business Resiliency


Prepare Your Business

The majority of survivors in a disaster will depend on local businesses, agencies and non-profit organizations for resources and assistance. Preparedness is key to business or agency survival - past disasters have taught us that many will not recover to business as usual.  Plans that promote resilience as an everyday practice can increase the chances of your agency or business surviving and thriving after disaster strikes. 


Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) can help a community make the best use of its resources in a disaster. COADs are effective because local organizations are in the best position to mobilize and bring practical and timely assistance to disaster victims. Several local businesses and non-profit organizations have organized a local COAD. Your business or agency is invited to join. For more information visit the About LBCOAD section of this site.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

Many businesses are not prepared to respond to a man-made or natural disaster. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may have all of their operations concentrated in one location that is damaged or destroyed.​Business continuity planning is vital to the survival of a business of any size and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today’s challenges. 

Ready Rating

 The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free self-guided online resource to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.

Registered Ready Rating members have access to the Ready Rating Dashboard to evaluate your organization's level of preparedness as well as other online resources.

Each Ready Rating Program member begins with an assessment, creates an emergency action plan using an online template and then guidance is provided about ways to improve preparedness.

Seven Steps to a Disaster Resilient Workplace

Each step in this booklet will provide you with a chance to identify areas in your business that need strengthening, training opportunities, and actions to be taken.  

FEMA Incident Command System

 The Incident Command System (ICS) was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the 1970's and is now the standardized tool for responders and all kinds of agencies to manage a wide range of situations.

In 2004 the National Incident Management System (NIMS) established ICS as part of a nationwide template to enable federal, state, tribal and local government as well as non-government organizations to work together efficiently during emergency response efforts.

ICS can be used in a very small, local scale, or it can be applied to multi-state catastrophes.  ICS is also helpful in organizing non-emergency or planned events. Visit the FEMA Incident Command System Resources webpage for more information and online training resources.