Businesses in Cherokee County now have the option to protect their business in the face of a disaster with a Disaster Recovery Plan.
The Department of Commerce recently awarded Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) with a two-year grant to create and write Disaster Recovery Plans for businesses.
Disaster Recovery Planning can save a small business from complete collapse during a disaster, evacuation, or outage. Knowing home and travel contact numbers for employees is vital, along with keeping alternative e-mail addresses on file in case the employee's can't log into the office network, remembering how to back-up company information in case the data is erased and having a relocation site for the business in times of disaster is key.
Community Development Planners Sarah LaBrune and Lacey Kirchmeier of SIMPCO will sit down with a business owner to go over hazard worksheets, identify needs and write a plan that will be easy to update annually.
Interested parties should contact LaBrune or Kirchmeier at (712) 279-6286.