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7/11/2012 - Online tool may serve as readiness gauge for business owners

A new online tool can help business owners prepare.

To help businesses determine their level of preparedness in the event of a disaster, telephone and internet provider AT&T recently launched an online tool that can help them evaluate their readiness for serious events that may require a business insurance claim.

The online resource, which the communications company has dubbed its "Quick Check for Disaster Prep," enables business owners to determine their preparation by responding to a series of questions that AT&T says only takes a few moments to complete. Once the test is completed, scores are calculated and suggestions are made that business owners may want to adopt.

"The key for all of us, including small business owners, to help recover and survive during and following disasters is being properly prepared," said American Red Cross scientific advisory council member Jonathan Epstein, who helped develop the test. "We see this as a stark reality through the eyes of our local chapters and volunteers, who are on the front lines every day, dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and other emergencies."

As noted by AT&T, approximately four out of every 10 small businesses impacted by a natural disaster never reopen their doors after closing them to tend to repairs, according to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute.

Is your small business prepared? To find out, click here to take the "Quick Check for Disaster Prep" quiz.

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