“An estimated 25 percent of small to mid-sized businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.
“The median cost of downtime from a small business affected by an extreme weather event is $3,000 per day. Small businesses’ physical assets tend to be more concentrated: A single building or factory could represent most of the book value of a small business, whereas large businesses benefit from greater geographic diversification.
“The majority of small businesses have not closely analyzed the potential economic losses from extreme weather events or other climate-related risks, in part due to a lack of resources to do so. In fact, 57 percent of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan, and for those small businesses that do have continuity, or risk management plans, 90 percent spend less than one day a month preparing and maintaining them.
So, what turns off the anti-weather-change believers is that the report suggests how climate change is creating these extreme weather change events.
How about we not squabble about what creates these extreme weather events and agree that some small businesses—including farmers, ag retailers, small ag equipment manufacturers, grain elevators, cooperatives, etc.—are vulnerable to not being able to rebuild and staying in business should a weather event destroy their operation.
“Small businesses must recognize both their vulnerability to these changing climate conditions and their role as critical participants in national climate preparedness. According to a June 2013 poll by SBM, one-third of small business owners report they have been personally affected by extreme weather, and 57 percent believe extreme weather events are an urgent problem,” the organization noted in its news release.
And there is that climate change wording that infuriates many in agriculture but appears to be accepted more by those outside of agriculture, from what I can determine.
Let’s just leave it at whoever wants to try and sway concern for small businesses having safety net programs, whether private or government, join hands. This joining together to achieve a goal can be like all of agriculture. One commodity organization to the next disagrees on several matters, but in the end they agree that the image of farming needs to be one of family-run businesses growing the majority of crops and livestock to feed an ever-increasing world population.
If major weather disasters are climate change related or not, they are still disasters that need dealt with.
ASBC describes itself as informing and engaging policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy, and it has a website of http://www.asbcouncil.org.
SBM describes itself as a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners, to support America’s 28 million small businesses. Its website is http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org.