According to the Tampa-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IIBHS), at least one-quarter of small businesses impacted by a natural disaster never reopen. The smallest of small businesses (i.e. enterprises with fewer than 10 employees) are especially vulnerable because few have the resources or knowledge needed to assess disaster risks and develop comprehensive mitigation and recovery plans. Still fewer know where to go to access such tools.
The IIBHS offers a variety of tools in its Open for Business™ program for small business owners. This program not only reduces potential disaster loses but also assists businesses to reopen quickly should disaster strike.
The ICLR has entered into an agreement with IIBHS to employ some of these strategies in Canada. These strategies are listed in the downloads section below.
You may also request a FREE Open…for Business™ package – consisting of a pamphlet, disaster planning folder, and guide – by writing to email@example.com or calling (416) 364-8677.
Open for Business™ downloadable forms (MS Word and fillable PDFs)
Protecting our Kids from Disasters
Mindful that children are our most precious asset, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) has initiated a retrofit program to ensure that childcare centres throughout Canada are safe from disasters. The “Protecting Our Kids From Disasters” program aims to better protect children in childcare centres from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and winter storms through simple, non-structural modifications. The basic preventative measures recommended by the program reduce vulnerability during a disaster and help mitigate the loss experienced by the childcare facility.
This program is available free of charge. Please contact us for details. For an average sized centre, the total cost of retrofits will be between $500 and $1000. With a little bit of preparation, any group of adults can complete these improvements with ease. The program and instructional video shows the simple actions needed to further improve safety for the children.
For further details please contact the program manager, Tracy Waddington at (416) 364-8677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download the brochure: Protecting our Kids from Disasters instruction booklet (PDF)
Watch our YouTube video Retrospective: ICLR’s Protecting our Kids from Disasters daycare safety retrofit program