Recover from disasters

Disasters can happen when you least expect them. Find recovery planning guidance, tips for pivoting your business model, and other small business resiliency resources.


SBA is dedicated to the success our nation’s small businesses and can help your small business weather the storm through every stage of the business lifecycle, whether you need help recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic or overcoming challenges of a different kind.

Recovery planning

Planning is one of the most important elements of recovery. Writing and implementing a business continuity plan will help you minimize financial loss when your business faces a disaster. Your business continuity plan should:

  • Identify and document critical business functions and processes
  • Organize a business continuity team
  • Evaluate recovery strategies

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Pivot your business

As businesses deal with a new reality, and “business as usual” takes on an entirely new meaning, most will need to rethink and retool how they do business in order to survive. Updating your business plan is critical.

If you haven’t already updated your business plan, start by taking these three steps:

  1. Look for opportunities. Changes in consumer behavior provide opportunities for innovation and new market strategies. Determine how customers’ needs and wants may have changed due to the pandemic, and respond accordingly.
  2. Streamline operations. Evaluate business operations to find opportunities to work smarter and more cost-efficiently. Review financials, short-term goals, and long-term goals and make appropriate adjustments.
  3. Negotiate. This might involve modifying lease agreements, establishing contracts, or future business. Look for ways to streamline costs and reduce overhead.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network has a Business Resiliency Plan Template that you may find useful.

Additional resources

  • The SBDC network is the largest SBA-funded Resource Partner and provides one-on-one business advising at no cost to entrepreneurs. SBDC-certified advisers will walk you through your options so you can confidently make tough decisions about the future of your business. Find your nearest SBDC.
  • SCORE Small Business Resilience Training can give you the tools to adapt, reopen, and grow successfully through any disaster.

Remote learning

Taking advantage of business training and counseling can empower you with the knowledge you need to recover from any disaster and develop strategies for growth. Here are a few resources to help you get started:


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Supply chain

Minimize supply chain interruptions during a disaster and find alternative sources to meet the demands of your customers:

Last updated May 29, 2024