Businesses: Are You Prepared?

By Haley Burton

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Is your business ready to handle a natural or man made disaster? People learn some strategies for safeguarding their business and keeping their doors open.

Nearly 25 people from area businesses attended the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce's event on disaster preparedness strategies
Topics included flooding risks and flood insurance, data storage and how to safeguard your information, protecting your building and data as well as emergency readiness.

"We want to make them prepared by having their key contact information at hand, so they know how to respond and limit their business interruptions so they can get back up and running faster," said Danielle Yurka, Vice President of ServPro of Broome, Tompkins and Tioga counties.

"We're all about data recovery, data backups, putting a plan in place so that people can operate either remotely or right back into their existing facility with minimal down-time," said Stephen Wertz, ICS Solutions Group.

"In order to protect against flood damage, homeowners and businesses can purchase flood insurance through the national flood insurance program. My advice to them is to talk to their insurance agent, go out to floodsmart.gov and find out about the insurance program through the FEMA website," said Don Patterson, Partners Insurance and Financial Services Agency.

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