An analysis of Benton County small businesses' emergency and disaster preparedness Public Deposited

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  • Natural Hazards are a potential risk to Benton County small businesses. However, little has been done to help prepare, respond, recover or resume business following a significant disastrous event. 93 small businesses in Benton County responded to a mailed survey, and 10 additional small businesses participated in both mailed surveys and interviews. Information collected from the surveys and interviews were used to assess current disaster preparedness of Benton County small businesses, gauge business owner knowledge about risk reduction tools and techniques, and to better understand small business needs in reducing risk and loss from natural hazards. Overall, businesses were concerned about the potential impacts of natural disasters, but few have taken steps to mitigate these hazards. Trends were identified in interview responses that add valuable information about why businesses have not taken appropriate steps to mitigate hazards. Most small business owners/managers are more concerned about day-to-day activities than they are about planning for natural disasters. Businesses that practiced environmental stewardship and other sustainable business practices tended to be more interested in protecting their business and in training management and employees to prepare, respond, recover, and resume business. Overall, business owners weren't sure how to protect their business from large-scale hazards. The cost versus benefit of emergency and disaster preparedness was of concern for many business owners. Lastly, businesses that provided nonessential services, such as screen-printing for clothing or a furniture store were less prepared for an emergency or disaster event than those who provided a more essential service.
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