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NATIONWIDE NEWS Most small business owners at risk for a disaster

Buckeye Farm News

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Nationwide commissioned Harris Interactive, which conducted an online poll among 500 U.S. small business owners with fewer than 300 employees from June 8-19.

“Small businesses are least likely to have disaster recovery insurance,” said Mark Pizzi, president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Direct and Member Solutions. “And yet they are the ones most affected by a disaster. That’s why it’s essential for small businesses to have a disaster recovery plan.”

Because there have been few major national disasters recently, America’s small business owners may be feeling overconfident.

One in four believe the likelihood of a natural disaster occurring in their area is slim, according to the survey. Just over one-third say climate change and the weather phenomenon El Nino have decreased the likelihood of a natural disaster impacting their business.

Still, the gravity of the recovery from a natural disaster is not lost on small business owners – as an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.*

The survey also revealed some surprising facts:

•While more than a third of small business owners say it is not important for their business to have a disaster recovery plan, more than two-thirds have an evacuation plan at home.

•For many without a plan for their business, disaster recovery is simply a low priority (34 percent). Time (11 percent) or cost (15 percent) play little roles in the decision not to have a written disaster recovery plan in place.

•For companies with fewer than 50 employees, only one in five has a disaster recovery plan.

•Unfortunately, if a disaster were to occur, 44 percent of small business owners say they don’t have access to generators – and 66 percent don’t even have business interruption insurance.

That’s where Nationwide can help. Having processed more than $417 million in catastrophe claims related to small businesses since January 2013, Nationwide agents can provide owners with guidance and information to help them prepare, should a disaster strike.

Find more facts, tips and information on creating a disaster recovery plan at Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide’s Disaster Planning and Recovery.

Methodology:

The 2015 Small Business Owner Study was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll Online on behalf of Nationwide between June 8 and June 19, 2015. The respondents comprised a representative sample of 500 U.S. small business owners, defined as companies with less than 300 employees. Results were weighted to be representative of small business owners in the U.S. Research participants were drawn from the Harris Poll Online research panel and partner sample. Because the sample is based on those who were invited to participate in the HPOL panel, estimates of theoretical sampling error cannot be calculated. Percentages were rounded to the nearest whole percent. Differences in the sums of combined categories/answers were due to rounding.

*Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Contributed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, which is endorsed by Ohio Farm Bureau. Special savings on insurance coverage are available to Ohio Farm Bureau members from Nationwide. Contact your local Nationwide agent, call 1-877-OnYourSide or visit nationwide.com/ofbf.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.