Managing Business Disruption

Businesses are unlikely to fully recover from a disaster in the sense that they return to their "pre-disaster" state. While physical assets can be replaced, there remains a complex set of emotional and social changes that affect the businesses themselves, and more importantly, their customers. Thus, the goal of managing business disruption is not just to ensure business recovery, but to construct a more robust and resilient business that can better survive in a post-disaster environment.

Manage Variables WITHIN the Control of a Business
Customer, Supplier, and Business Records
A pet store backs up of records
Creating a Safer Business Enviroment A skin care shop braces cabinets
Lease Agreements
A child care center credits emergency procedures to child safety in Sept. 11th attack
Shaking Intensity and Disruption - When Lease Agreements Won't Work
Insurance Coverage
A reptile store moves to keep customer access after quake
Diversity and Redundancy
Plans for Variables OUTSIDE the Control of a Business
A cookie company changes customers following earthquake
A bakery plans with competitors to deal with power outages

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The writing and production of the materials and reports of this page and the others in this section of the ABAG Earthquake Program web site were funded in large part by Grant No. 01-HQGR-0214 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as well as by the Association of Bay Area Governments. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies. Last updated 4/7/04 by jbp.