SBA releases H1N1 preparedness guide

Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have announced the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses with planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak.

The preparedness guide offers small-business employers tools and information to help them plan for and respond to varying levels of severity of an H1N1 outbreak. An outbreak may lead to increased employee absenteeism and, if the outbreak becomes severe, may restrict service capabilities and disrupt supply chains.

Employers are encouraged to put strategies in place to protect their employees and businesses. The preparedness guide includes tips for writing an operations plan, steps for keeping employees healthy, frequently asked questions about the 2009 H1N1 flu and a list of additional online resources.