Riley’s Resilience Blog – August 23, 2016

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Riley’s Resilience Blog! Today, I want to share a new business continuity tool with you. The tool, The New Orleans Business Continuity Guide, was prepared with the help of our colleagues at Water Works, L3C, Miriam Belblidia and Alessandra Jerolleman. The New Orleans Business Continuity Guide is designed to complement several other no-cost planning tools available to small business owners, such as the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) continuity planning toolkit, Open for Business-EZ and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ 2013 Small Business Guide to Disaster Planning and Recovery. The intent of this guide is to familiarize New Orleans businesses with available resources that can assist them in assessing their disaster risk and preparing for the unexpected.

Front cover of the New Orleans Business Continuity Guide. Graphic retrieved from http://www.nola.gov/city-planning/major-studies-and-projects/main-street-resilience-plan/.

Front cover of the New Orleans Business Continuity Guide. Graphic retrieved from the City of New Orleans.

The guide is divided into two sections. The first, Local Priorities & Best Practices, discusses specific areas of interest identified by the New Orleans business owners. The second, Case Studies in Continuity Planning, covers a range of business types and experiences specific to New Orleans. There is one feature of this guide that makes it one of my favorite tools for assisting small business owners in developing a business continuity plan. That is, the content of this guide is inspired by feedback from retailers, gallery owners, landscapers, restaurateurs, and others who attended a series of business continuity workshops as part of the City of New Orleans’ Main Street Resilience Project. While this guide delivers tons of useful and pertinent information on preparing your small business for a disaster, it also shares knowledge from other small business owners. In doing so, the guide is much more relatable to other small business owners looking to construct a business continuity plan or partake in other emergency preparedness activities.

I want to share a small portion of the findings from a survey of almost sixty businesses from six commercial corridors throughout New Orleans.
• 33% have a written business continuity plan
• 39% have access to a back-up generator
• 57% have purchased business interruption insurance

As you can see, these results are indicative of the need for greater levels of preparedness amongst small business owners in New Orleans. The New Orleans Business Continuity Guide is an effective and easy-to-use tool, designed with the intention to boost the levels of preparedness amongst small business owners in New Orleans.

To read the New Orleans Business Continuity Guide, click here.

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