Business Preparedness Resources

DHS Prepare My Business for an Emergency

The Department of Homeland Security created this guide to assist businesses in developing a preparedness plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.


FEMA Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program

The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program encourages organizations to institute a management system that addresses business continuity, organizational resilience, and emergency management. The Department of Homeland Security provides recognition and certification to organizations that successfully adopt the program’s preparedness standards. Business Continuity Planning Suite

The Business Continuity Planning Suite is a program developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate and FEMA. This software is intended for use by any business with the need to create, improve, or update its business continuity plan.


MEMA/BNET Corporate Emergency Access System

 The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) partnered with the non-profit Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET) to implement the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) in Massachusetts. CEAS uses a “critical employee access card” system to mitigate economic loss and maintain critical infrastructure when unforeseen events limit access to the workplace.


ARC Ready Rating Program

The Red Cross Ready Rating Program is a free and voluntary program designed to help businesses and organizations become better prepared for emergencies. Complete a short online self-assessment and receive customized feedback with tips to improve preparedness.


Small Business Administration (SBA) Emergency Preparedness

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers guidance and resources for small business owners on topics including disaster assistance, disaster cleanup, disaster preparedness and recovery plans, and more.


OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) developed this eTool to help small, low-hazard service or retail businesses to implement an emergency action plan and comply with OSHA’s emergency standards.