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We’ve compiled some of our favorite resources – many of which are free – to help you mitigate risk and protect your business. Come back to this page often for updates, and be sure to check out Karen Cleveland’s blog to learn about leading-edge tools and tips.
- Free information on disaster preparedness
- Backup tools and applications
- Power Outage Options
- Password Managers
- Recovery resources
- Insurance Resources
- Security products and resources
- Shelter-in-place guidance and resources
- Books that inspired Karen’s thinking.
A note from Karen Cleveland: An asterisk (*) by certain products indicates an affiliate link. This means if you purchase these products, the products’ providers reward me. Rest assured that I’ve become an affiliate of these products because I believe they can help you be more informed and/or more prepared.
Free information on disaster preparedness
Through its Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), the SBA provides affordable, timely, and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters, and businesses following a disaster. Financial assistance is available in the form of low-interest, long-term loans. This site describes the roles of the Office of Disaster Planning and the Disaster Loan process. NOTE: The Disaster Loan application requires an itemized list of personal property losses with the repair or replacement cost of each item. Click to get prepared for potential disaster – and fast recovery – with multiple SBA tools and resources.
This information-rich website explains what you must do before, during, and after an emergency. It offers lists for what to include in a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, provides evacuation guidelines, describes ways to test your disaster recovery plan, and more. It’s a great place to start learning how to protect your family and your business. Learn more.
The U.S. Government Computer Emergency Readiness Team created this comprehensive website with 55 topics in categories such as general security, attacks and threats, email and communication, mobile devices, privacy, safe browsing, and software and applications. Click to get informed – it will be time well spent!
Click to learn how to reduce your risk from the 10 most common natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, and fire. Enter your zip code to get a list of the natural hazards that may affect your area.
Backup tools and applications
Unlimited online backup starting at $59 per year. Learn more and purchase.
Store and share your files online (2GB for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.) Learn more and sign up.
Backup and synchronization for your business starting at $3.95 per month + $0.50/GB per month. Learn more and purchase.
This popular WordPress plugin allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. Learn more and download.
Power Outage Options
Provides power for products from Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, and LG. Learn more and purchase.
A portable charger that can power your average headset 10 times or add 5 hours of talk time to the average phone (1420mAh capacity). Learn more and purchase.
Can charge 2 USB-compatible devices simultaneously. Learn more and purchase.
With an on-board battery and rotating solar panels, the Solio BOLT charges popular USB powered gadgets. Charge the BOLT from the Sun, USB Port, or the wall. Learn more and purchase.
Provides enough power to recharge most smart phones up to 4 times. Recharges with a standard outlet and 2 USB ports for mobile devices. Learn more and purchase.
Uses the standard 12V DC car-battery power outlet to recharge most devices that use a standard USB plug to charge. Learn more and purchase.
This is the only data-recovery service provider that undergoes annual SAS 70 Type II Audit Reports, ensuring the privacy of your data will be protected during the recovery process. Learn more and purchase.
Repair hacked sites. Learn more.
Website maintenance plans and backup. Learn more.
Technical support and set up for PCs. Learn more.
A staffing marketplace for a wide variety of programming/software development skills, graphic design, writing, and administrative support. Learn more and purchase.
This team likes computers to be lean, fast, and ready to use! Every computer is customized, including installation of drivers, antivirus, antispyware, and much more. Learn more.
Professional liability insurance. Learn more.
BOLT is dedicated to delivering best-in-class insurance products and service to protect small business owners. Learn more and purchase.
Take advantage of the Insurance Information Institute’s free online home inventory software, which makes creating and updating your home inventory easy and efficient. Learn more and download.
Security products and resources
Repair a hacked site. Managed WordPress hosting secures and backs up your WordPress website. Learn more.
This independent information security expert performs realistic information security assessments to help business owners with compliance and help minimize their business risks. Learn more.
This security scanner identifies programs that are insecure and need updates – and will automate the updating of many of these programs, making it easier to maintain a secure PC. Learn more.
High-def videos, plugins, and software that will “lock down” your WordPress blog. Learn more and purchase.
Shelter-in-place guidance and resources
This resource offers emergency survival kits and gear, emergency backup lights, long-term food storage and emergency food, and emergency backup power technologies. Learn more and purchase.
Dozens of quick preparation meals deliver solid nutrition when you need them. Tested and proven to store for up to 25 years under the right conditions. Specifically created for those who are serious about building their food storage supply. Learn more and purchase.
Click to download this brochure from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, which includes information, ideas, and resources to help you prepare for the first 3 days after a disaster.
This information-rich website explains what you must do before, during, and after an emergency; offers lists for what to include in a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, provides evacuation guidelines, describes ways to test your disaster recovery plan, and more. It’s a great place to start learning how to protect your family and your business. Learn more.
Click to download this 1-page checklist with specific actions you and your family can take to be better prepared for an emergency.
Books that inspired Karen’s thinking
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
By Daniel H. Pink
Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses
By Donna R. Childs
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep: Preventing and Solving Chronic and Costly Problems
By Debra Koontz Traverso