Hardware Retailing

AUG 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | August 2017 84 84 HARDWARE RETAILING | August 2017 Retailers Share Tips to Rebound After Calamity W hen was the last time you reviewed your operation's disaster preparedness plan? More importantly, does your business even have a disaster plan? As a retailer, the day-to-day tasks of running your business can quickly fill up your calendar. In an instant, however, catastrophic weather, vandalism and other emergencies can upend your company and leave you struggling to recover. Add to these concerns the fact that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns that as the global climate changes, natural disasters could become more common and destructive, so it's more important than ever to ensure you, your employees and your finances are protected from catastrophe. Whether that means cleaning debris and repairing your store immediately after a disaster or dealing with your insurance company to find a solution for your business, the road to recovery is a challenge for any operation that gets hit. In the following pages, Hardware Retailing highlights four retailers from across the country that have faced disasters of their own. You'll learn about the difficult days that changed their businesses forever, and each one provides recovery tips so all retailers can be prepared if they find themselves reeling after a disaster. When Disaster Strikes By Todd Taber, ttaber@nrha.org

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