You are invited to attend the Safety Academy presented by Catto & Catto at Norris Conference Center. Featured topic: Disaster Preparedness: Is Your Business Ready? We will explore business planning for disaster survival.
48% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25% fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Similar statistics from the United States Small Business Administration indicate that over 90% of businesses fail within two years after being struck by a disaster.
It is a common misconception that aid from government agencies will allow merchants to pick up the pieces after a flood, major earthquake or like disasters. Aid from government agencies is too little, too late. Focusing on the immediate dangers of a disaster is important, but dismissing the long-term business effects dramatically reduces a business’ likelihood of survival.
When listing disasters, most people start with earthquakes, floods, and fires, along with the more recent additions of terrorism and war. However, smaller incidents, such as burglary, fire or water damage due to faulty sprinkler systems, can be just as catastrophic to businesses. Incidents need not affect a whole community or area to cause a catastrophic business failure. Even non-catastrophic occurrences can result in immense losses of time and money.
Jim Greaves, Director of Risk Management
Serving the industry since 1987
Prior to joining the team at Catto & Catto, Jim worked with the Baptist Health System as safety manager. He has gained vast experience in the safety field working in the construction, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and healthcare industries.
As a working director, Jim currently handles risk management and safety programs for various businesses throughout the state of Texas. He is closely involved with the risk management team members to ensure that clients receive exceptional risk management, safety and claims consultation services.
Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He is certified as a field safety representative (FSR) and as an approved professional safety source (PSS) by the state of Texas. Jim is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Applied Ergonomics from HumanTech, and is a master instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP using the form below.