Business Recovery Check List

Business Recovery Check List

     Most business owners are aware of basic steps that should be taken before a hurricane, such as backing up computer files and having a preparedness plan. However, after a large storm, you have no idea what condition your business will be in. To keep the business flow as continuous as possible, you need to know what to do right after the hurricane.

What to do after a disaster?   

  • Contact insurance agent or company
  • Have building inspected
  • Contact utilities to restore electric, gas, telephone, and water
  • Re-establish communications with employees, customers and suppliers
  • Assess Damage
    • Note structural, equipment and property damage including inventory, and materials
    • Avoid additional damage by making temporary repairs in order to continue to conduct business at current facility
    • Secure the building if relocation is necessary
  • Cleaning of facility
    • Make sure building is safe before reopening or allowing employees to return
    • Use proper safety items in the clean-up process

Financial Implications

  • File business interruption insurance claim
  • Determine lost income
  • List steps required before the business can reopen
  • Consider financial obligations during interruption, including payroll and debt service
  • Gather the following information for insurance adjusters:
    • Sales records and history
    • Profit and loss statements and income tax forms
  • Maintain records of extra expenses incurred

There are also many state and federal government resources available to businesses. They include: 

NJ Office of Emergency Management 
NJ State Police Headquarters 
PO Box 7058 
West Trenton, NJ 08628 

New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

P.O. Box 091 

Trenton, NJ 08625-0091 
609-584-5076 or 

American Red Cross (ARC) 
Contact the local chapter for publications on disaster planning. 
American Red Cross Headquarters 
2025 E. Street N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20006 
The ARC offers emergency training, go to 

Small Business Administration 
New Jersey District Office 
Two Gateway Center 
Newark, NJ 07102 

Federal Emergency Management Agency 
Region II 
26 Federal Plaza 
New York, NY 10278 
212-680-3600 or toll free 800-621-FEMA 

State Government Assistance 
For information on emergency planning and technical assistance contact the Business Action Center at 1-866-534-7789. Call Center representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

The checklist above from the New Jersey Business Portal that you may want to share with your constituents. Visit to copy it directly from their web site.

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About Kurt M Kalafsky AIA

- One of the original founders and Chief Technology Officer of The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects, LLC. - Twenty five years of practical experience has created breadth of knowledge and performance in the research and development of CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) in corporate office interiors and base building architecture. - Registered Architect in twenty eight states and the District of Columbia, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania. - Overall responsibility for the supervision and production of technical and computer aided drafting and design for each client's facility needs. - Researches the latest technology in both hardware and software for new advancements in the CADD/BIM Industry to develop ways to service The Aztec Corporation's clients more effectively and efficiently. Specialties -Helping clients to maximize the use of their space assets to align their physical environment with their short and long term business plans. - Considered an expert in code review and interpretation. Currently serving as the 2nd Vice President and Codes and Standards Chairman for AIA New Jersey (The New Jersey Society of Architects).

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