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The goal of the FEMA Ready Business Program is to help businesses and organizations develop effective preparedness and mitigation programs. The Ready Business Program accomplishes this goal by providing tools to create a business continuity and preparedness and mitigation plan with a focus on the impact of relevant, local hazards.

Through a two-part process, the program combines state-of-the-art information along with presentations, panel discussions, and a scenario-based discussion to move organizational leaders through a step-by-step process to 1) Identify Your Risk, 2) Develop a Plan, and 3) Take Action.

The two components of the Ready Business Program include a series of hazard-specific Ready Business Toolkits, and in-person Ready Business Workshops.

The first program component, the Ready Business Toolkit series, includes multiple peril-specific versions addressing earthquake, hurricane, inland flooding, power outage, and severe wind/tornado. Toolkits provide organizations with information needed to develop a business continuity and Preparedness and Mitigation Project Plan, provide an application for Taking Action, and a protocol for organizations who want to secure recognition as a Ready Business.

The second program component is the Ready Business Workshop. Workshops introduce participants to the program resources, including Toolkits, and the many benefits businesses and organizations gain by emphasizing the above-mentioned core steps.