Louisiana Small Business Development Center urges small businesses to get a plan for Hurricane Season 2019

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) urges small business owners across the state to prepare and get an emergency plan for the 2019 Hurricane Season, which begins June 1 and extends through November 30.

According to a forecast by Colorado State University (CSU), the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be slightly below-average, with 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. CSU will release its next seasonal update on June 4.

As the state’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs, LSBDC was quick in its response to help small businesses and entrepreneurs work to recover any losses caused by the Louisiana Flood in 2016. In the event of a disaster, the LSBDC is geared to help affected businesses prepare disaster loan applications, however it encourages entrepreneurs and business owners to prepare now.

During the 2016 Louisiana floods, the LSBDC’s presence in major markets afforded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Louisiana Economic Development (LED) a boots-on-ground approach to serve entrepreneurs and small business owners impacted by the flooding. The LSBDC deployed a team of highly trained business consultants to assess business economic injury, evaluate the business’ strength, calculate cash flow projections, prepare for SBA disaster loan assistance, and review all options to ensure each business makes decisions that are appropriate for its situation.

In the case of a disaster, the LSBDC will activate its “READY ALERTS” mobile emergency notification system that delivers immediate, permission-based business recovery assistance updates via text and email messages. By texting READY to (318) 769-9921, subscribers have access to the latest information about recovery resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by a disaster.

Preparedness Resources: Where to Go

  • www.getagameplan.org – The state’s official source of general and specific information for individuals and businesses from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.
  • www.lsbdc.org – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center introduces risk management tips risk management tips to help protect your business in a five-part video series.
  • For a hurricane preparedness checklist and other resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), please click here.

To learn more about the LSBDC and its services visit www.lsbdc.org.

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