Designed as a call-to-action for business leaders, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a Ready Business Mentoring Initiative. The initiative includes the Ready Business mentoring guides (mentor and user versions), which are designed to teach business owners and managers about affordable ways to better protect their businesses. DHS collaborated with the Education Disaster Extension Network to create presentation materials to support the guides and help business and community leaders host and deliver business preparedness workshops and training sessions.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the Advertising Council, has launched "Listo Negocios," an extension of the "Listo" campaign, to help Spanish-speaking owners of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations, and assets for emergencies. Listo Negocios is the Spanish version of the "Ready Business" campaign launched in September 2004.
EnvoyWorldWide’s second annual survey, “Trends in Business Continuity and Risk Management,” was designed to leverage a regionally diverse group of business continuity professionals to identify business continuity and disaster recovery practices and trends and to compare trends to those uncovered in the May 2004 survey. Read the results here.
The Business Roundtable
The Business Roundtable has published two guides, Committed to Protecting America: CEO Guide to Security Challenges (2005) and Committed to Protecting America: A Private-Sector Crisis Preparedness Guide (2005), to help chief executive officers and other corporate managers improve the private sector’s preparedness for infrastructure disruptions, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. Both publications are available free online.
Ready New York: Emergency Planning for Small and Mid-Sized Companies
As part of its ongoing effort to help all New Yorkers better prepare for emergencies, the New York City Office of Emergency Management has released Ready New York: Emergency Planning for Small and Mid-Sized Companies.
Surviving Disasters and Supporting Recovery: A Guidebook for Microfinance Institutions(2005)
Published by The World Bank’s Hazard Management Unit, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund, this guidebook is part of an initiative to develop mechanisms for poor households and communities to better manage disaster risk. Since microfinance institutions work with the poor, it is critical that they are prepared for upheavals, such as natural disasters, to protect their clients as well as themselves. Guidance for microfinance institutions is offered through chapters dedicated to assessment of risk, institutional preparedness, client preparedness, emergency response, and recovery.