I was hoping for additional information guides for local businesses to use in their preparations. I thought the Mentoring Initiative from Ready.GOV (Homeland Security, home of FEMA) would be useful.

Designed as a call-to-action for business leaders, the Ready Campaign has created Ready Business Mentoring Initiative. This new initiative is designed to help owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare for emergencies.


Here is the entire text of the (on-line in pdf format) Business Emergency Supply Checklist –

Emergency Supplies
Talk to your co-workers about what emergency supplies the company can feasibly provide, if any, and which ones individuals should consider keeping on hand. Recommended emergency supplies include the following:

  • Water, amounts for portable kits will vary. Individuals should determine what amount they are able to both store comfortably and to transport to other locations. If it is feasible, store one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust or filter masks, readily available in hardware stores, which are rated based on how small a particle they filter
  • Moist towelettes for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to “seal the room”
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Emergency Supplies

Those of you who believe in always getting ready can explain the errors in the above to those awaiting further instructions from the governments, schools, churches, health corp. (about whether and what to do in emergencies).

[another source of business planning is from FluWickie