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The purchase, operation and maintenance of a generator is an important consideration as you develop your business continuity plan. This fall-back tool enables you to continue operating some or all of your electronic equipment and lights and minimize business interruptions.

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Telecommuting is a key business continuity tool—one that enables businesses to maintain operations even if the workplace itself is shut down. While disruptions such as widespread power outages could still cause problems for some employees, telecommuting could help a business avoid a total shutdown by relying on remote employees to perform vital job functions.

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No part of the United States is immune from natural hazard risks. Business owners need to understand and be prepared for the risks that could affect their business, whether it is flooding, severe winter weather or hurricanes. Man-made risks such as data loss or supply chain breakdowns also can have a devastating effect on the bottom line. IBHS’ recommendations can help business owners prepare themselves and their employees against these risks.

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An important facet of commercial loss prevention is regular building maintenance. A building with weak points, such as a leaking roof or windows, is more likely to suffer damage during extreme weather events. IBHS’ maintenance resources help businesses keep their properties in top functioning condition.

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Continuity planning helps business owners plan for and more quickly and effectively recover from a disaster or emergency. IBHS provides a variety of resources to assist with this important planning process, including its free business continuity toolkit, OFB-EZ (Open for Business-EZ). With its non-technical language and streamlined layout, this kit provides even the smallest businesses with big business resources to create a customized plan to suit their needs.

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Businesses play a vital role in the strength and character of our communities. Ensuring our businesses are better able to withstand natural and man-made disasters and remain open for business afterward is a priority at the local, state and national level. IBHS provides a variety of resources for business owners to help them prepare for and recover from all types of disasters successfully so they will be there for their customers, employees and communities.

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As part of our scientific research program, IBHS conducts commercial testing to find the most effective ways to strengthen businesses against natural disasters. IBHS research provides actionable measures to improve commercial building material performance, systems and construction practices and standards.

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IBHS has two FORTIFIED construction standards focused on light commercial projects: FORTIFIED Commercial™ and FORTIFIED for Safer Business™. These standards outline a series of system upgrades for commercial buildings to make them more resistant to extreme weather events. Based on IBHS’ extensive scientific laboratory and field research, the standards provide cost-effective solutions to make commercial buildings safer and stronger, which will help them stay open for business.

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