Director’s Message: Disaster Preparedness


June is National Safety Month and marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Small businesses are vital assets to our economy and community, which is why the Office of Economic Vitality encourages all businesses to get prepared! Every organization has unique vulnerabilities and can’t always avoid disasters, but having a plan helps minimize potential damage and reduces the threat of permanently closing.

Whether it’s a hurricane, flood, or power outage, there are many different threats and hazards that could affect your business and early preparation mitigates risk to staff, structures, and services. In order to protect your team and your business, it is important to be prepared. Businesses can get prepared for any disaster with 3 easy steps: identify your risks, develop a plan, and take action!

OEV is also committed to serving and supporting our local business community before, during, and after a disaster strikes. For more information on disaster preparedness, check out the Leon County Emergency Management’s 2021 Disaster Survival Guide or visit our website at

Remember to Love Your Local and Stay Healthy Tallahassee, 

Cristina Paredes, Director 

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