Business (and organizational) Preparedness - also known as Business Continuity - is fairly simple on the face of it according to Wendy Freitag, the Washington State Emergency Management Division's Business Liaison:
Develop plans to handle these four circumstances:
Having basic plans and backup resources identified and possibly under contract can help businesses handle a wide range of routine and exceptional incidents including fire, pandemic or earthquake. Accomplishing this requires a plan and there are commonly a number of templates, useful guidence and pitfalls that VashonBePrepared hopes to explain in this section of our web site.
For more details, see this step by step guide to developing your business' preparedness plan.
Debi Richards at the Vashon Chamber of Commerce is spearheading Vashon's Business Preparedness efforts, under the BNERO moniker. Contact the Chamber to be included in future mailings and meeting notices. Also check the NERO organizational page in our partners section.
Read about the initial BNERO meetings here and stop back for updates in this spot.
As you can see, there are PLENTY of resources out there already. The issue is finding current, state-of-the-art guidence and information that applies to the scale of business you are running.