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Risk Assessment & Business Continuity Planning

Continuity planning is an important consideration for any business, large or small. Taking time to plan for emergency situations and consider your response to a business interruption will help foster resilience and assist in recovery. The following resources are provided as a guide to the business continuity planning process.

Business Assessment Checklist

The Business Assessment checklist helps to identify actions you can take to prepare for or begin the recovery of your business.

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) consultants are available to support your business continuity or recovery efforts, with assistance including:

  • Disaster Recovery Checklists and Planning Guides
  • Financial Record Recovery
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Loan Application Packaging
  • Application Assistance for Federal Relief Funds (as they become available)

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Disaster Recovery Planning Guide

This post-disaster guide, designed as a comprehensive checklist, is a working document that supports business recovery and the creation of a business continuity plan. It can be used in conjunction with your local NBDC consultant, who can also assist you as you build a business continuity plan. 

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Nebraska Preparedness Partnership Guidebook

The information contained in the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership Guidebook is intended for small- to medium-size businesses. The goal is to raise awareness and encourage business owners and operators to think about ways to strengthen their resilience and enhance their involvement in their local communities.

The quick action guide is designed to help create an initial response framework for use during a business disruption. It provides direction on how to coordinate response activities that impact all or part of your business operations, with a focus on protecting people and property and minimizing downtime. The document provides guidance on how to initiate a response in the early days of a business disruption. Sponsored by Facebook.

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Mass Illness Plan Template

Epidemics and pandemics are unpredictable in their timing and impact, making preparedness and planning of vital importance. Expectations and reactions from employees, customers, vendors, government officials, local authorities and the general population all have to be considered. Given the unpredictability of outbreak events, the plan must allow for considerable flexibility in its response. The Mass Illness Plan Template provides mass illness plan guidelines based upon trigger points of the World Health Organization (WHO) and can be modified to fit your company’s individual needs. 

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From COVID-19 to Hurricane Season: Disaster Preparedness for Small Business 

Running a small business is hard enough without having to rebuild after a natural disaster. Many businesses all over the world make the mistake of not properly preparing for disasters and are left to suffer the costly consequences. However, small business disaster preparedness planning is easier than you might think. We scoured the internet and interviewed risk management experts to bring you the best tips and resources, so you can finally check “disaster plan” off your to-do list. (

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Sheryl Hiatt

Business Development Field Service Director