I had the privilege of attending an earthquake preparedness seminar today at the University of Memphis. I learned many things about earthquakes and their causes my biggest take away was this. On top of all the destruction a major earthquake would create is the unbelievable amount of business interruption that such an event will produce. Some numbers that were given to today are staggering for what we will experience when a major seismic event occurs. These statistics show the effect on small and mid size businesses. Immediate effect after a major earthquake 40% of small businesses won’t reopen, one year later 25% more small businesses will close and after 3 years 75% of businesses without a business continuity plan will fail. The average daily loss of a small business that closes due to disaster $3,000.00 medium sized business $23,000.00. Why is this important you may ask well consider these numbers small businesses account for 99% of all companies and employ 50% of all private sector employees. There are steps that can be taken to protect employees and property as well as equipment and inventory to help business continue. I will not even attempt to cover what you could do for your business contingency plan. But there are groups you can join that will help you with this process one of these is the Association of Contingency Planners. Also, October 20th is “Shakeout Day” that can be of help follow the link below to learn more. I will tell you that there are many disasters that can befall your business earthquakes, wind events and man-made events to name some. In all these events one of the major sources of injuries and damage is flying glass. This is something we can help you with and we look forward to the opportunity of meeting with you and discussing the best option for your company to protect people and property by making your glass safer.