IBHS Business Continuity Planning Toolkit is now an App

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New mobile app will help businesses create a business continuity plan that will help even the smallest business recover and re-open quickly after a disaster.

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OFB-EZ uses non-technical language and makes it easy for business owners to produce an effective business continuity plan so they are able to keep their doors open during disruptions and return to normal operations as quickly as possible.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) free business continuity planning toolkit, OFB-EZ™ (Open for Business-EZ), is now available as a free, mobile app. IBHS member company, EMC Insurance Companies, partnered with IBHS to develop the new app, OFB-EZ Mobile, which guides users through an easy process to create a recovery plan that will help even the smallest business recover and re-open quickly after a disaster.

OFB-EZ Mobile, available for Android devices in the Google Play Store and for Apple devices in the App Store, includes several helpful planning tools, such as evaluation checklists to help business users understand their risks, and forms for users to enter and store important contact information for employees, key customers, suppliers, and vendors.

“When a small business experiences a disruption, whether it is caused by natural, man-made or technological forces, it can be costly and even result in the business’ permanent closure,” said Gail Moraton, IBHS business resiliency program manager. “OFB-EZ uses non-technical language and makes it easy for business owners to produce an effective business continuity plan so they are able to keep their doors open during disruptions and return to normal operations as quickly as possible.”

“EMC has made business continuity planning available to even more businesses by creating OFB-EZ Mobile,” continued Moraton. “IBHS commemds EMC Insurance and its staff for their continued dedication and support to community resilience and disaster preparedness, as evidenced through new initiatives such as this mobile app.”

OFB-EZ is also available at no charge in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) and Microsoft Word formats on IBHS’ website at: http://www.disastersafety.org/open-for-business. Additional disaster preparedness resources for businesses and consumers are available at DisasterSafety.org. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

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About The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. For more information, visit http://www.disastersafety.org.

About EMC Insurance Companies
EMC Insurance Companies is among the top 50 insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium, with assets over $3 billion and more than 2,100 employees. The company was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, EMC provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. Operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, Employers Mutual Casualty Company and one or more of its affiliated companies is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.emcins.com.

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