Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | May 11, 2012

Business Continuity + Resilience Project

Mentoring Small Business to Effectively Protect People, Profit, Reputation and Operations. Provided by Code Red Business Continuity Services in Partnership with PEMA.

About the Business Continuity and Resilience Project

The Business Continuity and Resilience Project is funded by the Providence Urban Area Security Initiative (P-UASI). The goal of this project is to help Providence metropolitan small businesses prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. This project is specifically designed for small businesses (10-100 employees) that need assistance developing a new business continuity plan or needs help in completing an existing plan.

The Workshops will begin on Wednesday, May 23 and will be offered throughout the year, with the next one scheduled for June 6, 2012. Each session is scheduled from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, and will be held at various locations in the City.

The workshops, open to all Providence business owners, will be free of charge and led by regional experts in emergency management and business continuity. The trainers will provide business owners with critical, hands-on information on how to protect their workers, profits and operations, if a disaster were to strike.

The project, funded under a US Department of Homeland Security grant, will offer specific information on how business owners can assess risk, create a Business Continuity Plan, with a focus on emergency response and preparedness. The goal is to help businesses to implement the plan to keep a business going following a disaster, and will be specific to industry needs. Attendees will be given a business continuity template for their business; a chance to receive a Strategy Assessment and a full Business Continuity Plan.

The workshops will include experts from Code Red Business Continuity Services LLC., Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, and Providence Emergency Management Agency. For additional information and to register for the free workshop, visit www.providenceri.com/PEMA/business-resilience.


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