Each year disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires force thousands of businesses to close across America. Even more common events, such as building fires, cause the same result. At least 25 percent of businesses that close following events such as these do not reopen, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).

Planning for a disaster is an important aspect of business strategy and preparation, and the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce now has a free disaster planning kit available to download online to help improve the chances of staying in business should the worst happen.

“Ease of use is a key feature of this toolkit,” said Steve Gilmore, the chamber’s chief executive officer. “You don’t need to have a background in construction, property protection or business continuity planning to use this resource.”

The toolkit was created by IBHS specifically for small to mid-size businesses and provides information on protecting critical resources and developing a business continuity plan along with a property protection checklist. The kit can be downloaded at

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