SBS Offers Disaster Resiliency Grants to Small Businesses Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services

Credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services

Small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 may be eligible for a grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) of up to $3,000 to buy certain disaster preparedness items, such as flood pumps and portable generators.

The SBS Business Preparedness and Resiliency Program (BPREP) provides a free on-site, one-on-one risk assessment of your business’ physical space, operations, and insurance coverage. Based on the assessment, a team of emergency planning and insurance experts will identify ways in which you can reduce your risk of in the event of a future disaster or disruption. Businesses that receive an assessment can qualify for a grant to buy items and/or equipment that will improve their disaster resiliency. 

The program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligibility requirements for the BPREP include:

  • Must be a for-profit, taxpaying, Small Business Administration-defined small business operating in NYC. Click here for more information about the SBA’s qualifications and size standards for small businesses.
  • Experienced loss, damage, and/or interruption as a result of Superstorm Sandy through flooding or power outage and are still located in the Sandy power outage or inundation (flood) zones.
  • Have not already received a similar assessment or preparedness grant.
Monica Munn