Capital Region Business Resiliency Initiative and Toolkit (Sacramento, California)
The Business Resiliency Initiative (BRI) was launched in the Sacramento Capital Region of California to increase awareness and preparedness for continuity risks faced by small and medium businesses. The Initiative aims to minimize the impacts of an economic crisis potentially caused by unforeseen disaster - recognizing the increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events and climate change related impacts such as fire, flood, drought and storms. The project is built around designing an effective regional resiliency framework that can be replicated across the country.
BRI has developed a toolkit designed with the small business in mind, to provide a “concise, accessible, action-oriented, easy-to-use guide” in order to create a resiliency plan.
The Toolkit is organized around 5 steps:
- Understand Your Risks and Your Environment
- Assess Your Readiness
- Take Action
- Test and Update Your Plan
- Engage with Community Resiliency Efforts
Each step is described with detail on effective measures, current related programs and informational support, and additional resources.
As described on the site, understanding the specific hazards each business faces in the location it operates, can help to identify and prioritize the critical actions to prepare for business continuity during a disruption. Additional tips for addressing the most likely specific hazards in the region are given for each of: flood, wildfire, drought, and extreme heat.
The BRI is a project launched by Valley Vision and its partners. Foundational funding support for the BRI is provided by the Sacramento Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD); the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The BRI team is seeking additional funding partners to carry out the full scope of the BRI project plan.
- Valley Vision
- Education/training materials
- Planning guides
- Tool (general)