Generally speaking, the Department of Labor notes that 40 percent of businesses never reopen after experiencing a natural disaster. Many of those affected by Sandy remain shuttered today. One of the primary reasons small businesses have difficulty rebounding from a disaster such as Superstorm Sandy is because they fail to properly plan.

You need to plan now and plan for the worst to protect your investment in your business.

Here are some of the key lessons learned from hurricane Sandy:

1. Assess your business risk and preparedness.

2. Create a disaster plan.

3. Create a communications plan.

4. Back up data!

5. Assemble an emergency kit.

6. Invest in a back-up generator.

7. Review and rehearse your plan.

Learn more about these seven lessons learned from Super Storm Sandy in the complete Network Exchange blog by Susan Solovic, CEO Susan Solovic Media Group.

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