8 Steps to Protecting Your Business From Extreme Weather

By Rieva Lesonsky

From Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to the polar vortex, you’d think small-business owners would have learned their lesson about the importance of preparing for extreme weather events by now. But in a Staples survey conducted last month, 75 percent of small-business workers say natural disasters have not caused their employers to reassess safety plans—even though almost half say their companies temporarily closed due to weather in the past six months.

What’s worse, employees at businesses with fewer than 50 employees say they don’t feel safe in an emergency. And it’s no wonder: Compared to workers at larger companies, small-business …read more