Disaster Assistance for Small Business
Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses
Arkansas is subject to floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and man-made disasters, such as utility outages or train derailments. Small businesses should identify the key threats to their business and its continued operation. After identifying threats, either eliminate their impact or prepare for how your business will cope with their effects.
ASBTDC has long recommended using the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business toolkit to document and create a small business disaster plan. Having a plan will help ensure you can open your business doors in 72 hours or fewer following a disaster.
Watch our recorded webinar “Act Now! Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses” for a comprehensive overview.
Disaster Preparedness Resources
- American Red Cross
- Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- IBHS Open for Business – EZ Business Continuity Kit
- UALR Arkansas Center for Earthquake Education and Technology Transfer
Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses
Has your business or community been disrupted by tornadoes, floods, or storms? Your immediate actions can mean the difference in your business surviving or closing. Your goal is to open your doors for business in less than 72 hours, if possible.
The recorded webinar “Disaster Recovery for Small Business” provides an overview of the major actions you should take to re-open your small business following a disaster.
ASBTDC business consultants are available, on an appointment basis and at no cost, to assist you in completing SBA disaster loan applications. Often, a consultant can meet you at your place of business. Contact your local ASBTDC office or call 800.862.2040 and identify yourself as needing disaster assistance.
SBA Disaster Loan Programs
The purpose of the SBA’s Disaster Loan Programs is to offer financial assistance to those who are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses in the aftermath of a disaster. By offering low-interest loans, the Small Business Administration is committed to long-term recovery efforts.
- Home and Personal Property Disaster Loans
- Disaster Assistance Business Loans For Small Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses
- Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Farm Emergency Loans
Our business consultants are available by appointment to assist you in completing your SBA disaster loan application.
SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center
Disaster assistance to small businesses is handled outside of the normal SBA organization structure through the Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center (CSC) located in Buffalo, N.Y. Both individuals and businesses may request disaster assistance through the center.
Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), Monday through Friday