Business disaster training

Is your business prepared for a disaster?

The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management is presenting a workshop titled, “Continuity Planning for Small Businesses” offered by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in Friday Harbor. Location to be determined.

When disasters strike, small and medium-sized businesses often endure the worst of the impacts. In the islands, our geographic isolation and economic reliance on a few key industries make the challenge even greater. This no-cost 8-hour training will provide basic information about the risks to the islands and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare.

Topics include forming a business continuity planning team; identifying functions that are necessary for your business to operate; identifying hazards that could adversely affect the continuity of your business; writing a business continuity plan that addresses high probability and high impact emergencies; and testing and evaluating your business continuity plan.

Small and medium-sized business owners and managers, those with roles supporting small and medium-sized businesses, insurers, banks, and other providers of critical support to small and medium-sized businesses are encouraged to attend.

Class size is limited, register online at For more information, contact DEM Director Brendan Cowan at 360-370-7612 or email