SBA Administrator announces availability of H1N1 Preparedness Guide for Small Businesses

Washington (PRESS RELEASE – September 28, 2009) – Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses in planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak this fall.

During a call with reporters Mills made clear the importance of flu preparedness for small businesses.

“Small Business owners should take the time to create a plan, talk with their employees and make sure they are prepared for flu season,” said Mills. “For countless small businesses, having even one or two employees out for a few days has the potential to negatively impact operations and their bottom line. A thoughtful plan will help keep employees and their families healthy, as well as protect small businesses and local economies.”

Outbreaks of H1N1 flu are occurring now across the country and will likely coincide with the return of seasonal flu this fall and winter. The preparedness guide offers small business employers tools and information to help them plan for and respond flexibly to varying levels of severity of an H1N1 outbreak- which may lead to increased absenteeism, and, if the outbreak becomes more severe, may include restricted service capabilities and supply chain disruptions.

Employers are encouraged to put strategies in place now to protect their employees and their businesses in advance of the fall flu season. Included in the preparedness guide are tips on how to write a continuity of operations plan, steps for keeping employees healthy, frequently asked questions about the 2009 H1N1 flu and a list of additional resources that employers can access online.

To download the booklet please visit


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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  1. This is so important for small businesses as necessary absenteeism could critically damage them. Another issue linked to H1N1 is parents having to stay at home with ill children or due to school closures linked to the contagion. One possible way for small businesses to get round this is by setting up some kind of home-working system, allowing employees to continue their work, from home. A system where they can exchange files and comment on them, discuss projects and so on. There are several companies out there that offer these services (and more), the one I particularly like is as they have a free version and it’s really quick and easy to set up, so is great for those of us who are not IT guys!

  2. I was just reading a handy blog about how businesses could prepare themselves for a second wave this winter. Some useful tips in there…

    Wash your hands… and supply soap. So simple, so effective!!!

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