Views to a marshy field through trees burned by the Elephant Hill wildfire last summer. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Small-business owners can get prepared with free disaster-proofing webinars

Small business owners in the north can connect to a two-part series via the web

The Province and Small Business B.C. have partnered to offer a free webinar series, “Are You Ready? Disaster Proofing Your Business.”

Last summer’s wildfires –one of the worst fire seasons on record for the province – were the catalyst for the series, but it will cover how to protect against, navigate and come back from many other emergency situations that could affect small business owners, including flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe weather, landslides, cyber threats, infectious diseases and power outages.

The webinars will help participants create a step-by-step emegency-preparedness plan, what to do after a disaster, resources available to business owners, insurance information, and more.

“Last year’s record fire season demonstrated that there is no better time than the present to start preparing for future disasters,” says Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

“Small Business B.C.’s seminar series offers an invaluable opportunity for small businesses across the province to get free expert advice on how to be ready in the event of an emergency.”

The seminars will take place in Vancouver, and small business owners in northern B.C. can connect to watch via the web.

The first seminar, Are You Ready? Disaster Proofing Your Business (Part 1), will be delivered tomorrow, May 8, and the second, Are You Ready? Disaster Proofing Your Business (Part 2), will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Both will be presented by Lisa Benini, Business Continuity Management Specialist.

They are scheduled to occur during Emergency Preparedness Week from May 6 to 12, 2018, and Business Continuity Awareness Week from May 14 to 18, 2018.

“Small businesses are integral pieces of the fabric of all communities,” says Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin general manager Karen Eden.

“Planning for possible disaster events is a critical to their future and the future of the communities.”

For more information and to register, visit smallbusinessbc.ca.

Just Posted

Injured fisherman medevaced from vessel near Graham Island

Fisherman transferred to Haida Gwaii Hospital after fall on Aug. 14

Inspection report reveals multiple failures in Prince Rupert ammonia leak

68kg ammonia tank was being stored improperly in a shipping container outside the arena

In Our Opinion: How to lose an ammonia tank— ask the city

How did a 68kg cylinder of ammonia remain unseen after multiple audits and assessments

Sound of Prince Rupert’s cherry trees to be played around the world

Salvaged wood from chopped sakura trees is being crafted into taiko drum sticks

The Postmen collect 45 boxes of supplies for wildfire relief

Prince Rupert donations of food, water and toilet paper to be delivered to Burns Lake first

This Week Podcast – Episode 98

From the Prince Rupert Golf Club, catch up on sports, entertainment and news highlights

The Northern View 2018 Readers Choice

Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Sept. 7

Communities on evacuation alert in many areas of B.C. as wildfires flare

Warning was issued for 583-square-kilometre blaze that has charred Fraser Lake to Fort St. James

Kelowna’s crying judge refuses to pull herself from case

Judge Monica McParland won’t pull herself off of case.

Complaint coming about cattle prod use at B.C. rodeo

Fair reps investigate after Vancouver Humane Society pics show shocking device at bullriding event

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Kim XO is Black Press Media’s fashionista

Starting Sept. 7, stylist Kim XO will host Fashion Fridays on the Life channel on Black Press Media

Publication ban lifted on details about Fredericton shooting that killed 4

Judge lifts publication ban on court documents related to the Fredericton shooting

RCMP cleared after woman fatally overdoses on fentanyl

Charges not recommended after IIO says woman appears to have brought fentanyl into her cell

Most Read