When does a business emergency become a disaster? Every year emergencies take their toll on business and industry--dollars and in lives. Planning makes all the difference.
Research has shown that following a disaster 43% of the businesses do not reopen and 29% close within two years. This has tremendous impact on the owners, employees, and local economy of cities in which disasters occur. Only 71% of the Fortune 1000 companies have disaster response or business continuity plans. The figures are higher for small businesses, which are both less prepared for and less able to deal with a disaster.
Comprehensive business disaster preparedness extends from establishment of corporate policy and management planning to worker preparedness training to both mitigate the impact of the disaster and to structure the response prior to recovery activities.
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at The University of Akron is the first accredited bachelors program of its kind in the United States. The proposed Emergency Management and Disaster Research Center acknowledges the applied research track record established by university faculty. The Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials has a history of OSHA and emergency response training and is expanding into preparedness and planning training. Faculty in Emergency Management have been offering policy level sessions since the adoption of hazardous materials compliance regulations in 1986. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the university in pursuing research and policy initiatives.
The University of Akron develops Emergency Management multi-level disaster preparedness and recovery programs designed for business and industry. The preparedness activities range from corporate policy development and implementation designed for corporate directors and chief executive officers to specific preparedness activities that need to be conducted routinely by front line workers. The recovery portion of the Business and Industry training program will include seminars on programs available, insurance requirements and options, and strategic repositioning options that should be considered.
The services are available in two phases:
One and two day seminars are offered to business and industry executives during which they learn the relevance, needs, and components of basic disaster preparedness and recovery along with fundamentals of federal and state recovery programs. Week long training sessions assist in the development of specific preparedness plans and recovery protocol. Seminars are for tailored for large or small businesses.
The second phase is optional individual consultation and work with specific businesses, in house to design and present training as well as planning.
The Emergency Management and Disaster Research Center at The University of Akron update their courses annually on the basis of ongoing research and information collection and analysis. The Center is becoming a clearinghouse for information related to issues in business and industry preparedness and recovery to better support the goal of business continuity.
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