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Every business should have a “ready-to-go” box that includes important documents and supplies necessary to continue after a disaster. According to the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, 43 percent of small businesses that close because of a disaster never reopen.

To help your business survive after a disaster here are some suggested records to include in your “ready-to-go” box, which should be fire and water resistant.  

  • Business continuity, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plan to include documents required for disaster loans and/or other assistance available after a disaster
  • Current profit and loss statement, and balance sheet with schedules
  • Inventory list and photographs
  • Current schedule of liability
  • Tax returns for the last three years
  • Emergency contact list of employees and key customers/clients
  • Insurance policies and agent information
  • List of suppliers and vendors
  • Voicemail box number and remote password information
  • Backup computer systems/data files
  • General office supplies
  • Photographs of business inside and out
  • Camera to document damage
  • Cash reserves
  • Bank records including checking, savings, credit and debit cards, loans and letters of credit
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