We never know when the next event, whether large or small, will occur and potentially negatively impact our business operations.  Use the information, resources and links on this page to begin the preparation for the next event you encounter.

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Emergency Preparedness – Top 10 Tips

  1. Half full is empty – Fill your gas tank when it reaches half full.
  2. Get a safe for your home – fire proof and bolted to the floor and wall.
  3. Keep an emergency supply of cash on hand, in your safe – from $50 to $100 up to a couple of thousand dollars.
  4. Keep an emergency supply of food and water (2 quarts drinking water per person per day) for a minimum of 7 days.  Consider having a one month’s supply on hand.
  5. Have an emergency weather radio on hand, both at home and at work.
  6. Have a family emergency plan in place, know how you will reconnect if you are unable to call each other, and practice.
  7. Back up your computer data every week, every day if possible.  Consider a cloud based backup solution.
  8. Consider acquiring a generator, either portable or permanent, or both.  Keep serviced and fueled.
  9. Keep an emergency supply of food, water, clothes, fire extinguisher on hand in your car.  
  10. Never place your safety, or your family’s safety, in the hands of someone else you do not trust. 


Documents for Download

UGA SBDC Business Resilience Planning Guide

GEMA Re-Entry Standard Operating Guide

GEMA Re-Entry Permit Application

Emergency Preparedness Kit Template

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Quick Links

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency 


SBA Emergency Preparedness

Red Cross Disaster Preparedness

Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)

IBHS Open for Business™ Toolkit (OFB-EZ)

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Emergency Preparedness – Take Action

The EmPreps concept progresses through four phases (EmPreps I, II, III, and IV) of training and preparation, extending over a nine to twelve month period.  The topics detailed below can act as a checklist of training to be completed over the coming year.  

The goal is to take you and your business that may have little to no preparation and bring you to a point, within a year, to have a written plan, to have practiced that plan, and to have planned that if you lost access to your current location or ability to operate, you would have a backup plan to get up and running (if at all possible) and at least be able to survive personally for a three to seven day period.  

The initiative assists a business in developing a threat analysis of their location, creating/modifying their written emergency plan, learning how to effectively structure a tabletop exercise and active drill/ exercises. More importantly, though, the goal is to stimulate you, the business owner and leader of your company to develop your own personal plan for your family and ensure that your employees do the same.  The EmPreps concept focuses on the primary threats to the regional area, to include tornado, hurricane wind/water damage, fire, flood, pandemics, active shooter scenarios, and foreign and domestic terrorism. 

EmPreps I:                                                                     

Risk Assessment for Business Location

The Development of a Written Emergency Plan

Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan

Workplace violence/ Active Shooter Plan 

Foreign and Domestic Terrorism Threats

Tabletop Exercise Structure and Process

EmPreps II:                                                                      
Pandemic/ Community Health implications and effect on the small business and community

Business Continuity Planning

IS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command Systems); IS-700 – (National Incident Command System- NIMS); IS-860 – Intro to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan

EmPreps III:                                                                       

Completion of the Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT course – 9 weeks) Completion of CPR/ First Aide/ External Defibrillator Training

Onsite visit to business by a UGA SBDC consultant to document completion of written emergency plan and emergency kit preparation, answer questions, and assist as needed.

EmPreps IV:                                                         
Insurance Preparation and Coverage
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