Small businesses are the fabric of every community, yet after every disaster this key segment was consistently hard-hit and only received limited resources to assist them. As Business Continuity professionals, we knew what it felt like and how hard it was to get started in preparing our companies. We understood that taking action would only be more challenging for smaller businesses and orgs without proper resources or guidance like we all had. After the Nisqually Earthquake struck Seattle in 2001, a fire was lit in our efforts. We helped each other as large organizations in our community, why couldn’t we do the same for the smaller ones.
We’re led by our President, Inés Pearce, who for years has been providing best practices to small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME). Ines brought the business community together in 2002 to work together on a one-stop, easy process to answer the questions a business would need to address yet not know to ask about – as we all had walked in those shoes asking, “Where do I begin?”. Yes, there were great checklists out there, but DRBTW wanted to “take it to the next level” in providing resources so a businesses would be able to understand it and actually take action to make themselves prepared and develop a continuity plan.
DRBTW is comprised of professionals from businesses, government, and non-profits who specialize in Business Continuity and Emergency Management as experienced planners, trainers, responders, managers, educators and leaders. After years of working together as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), in 2007, DRBTW became an IRS 501(c)(3) certified non-profit.
All our info works for non-profits, too.
Who will serve your seniors, children, disabled, homeless, etc. when you’re closed?
NOTE: Even though we mention business (a lot), all of our information is applicable to non-profits, too, as they are organized like a businesses, serve their customers, and need to ensure they will remain open (or can re-open quickly if they are disrupted). Like a business, if your organization is closed, who will serve your constituents (seniors, children, disabled, homeless, etc.)? Non-profits, too, can become more resilient, as people and the community are counting on you!