Business Preparedness Summit

Mark Rohrig, security chief for the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant, works with first responders and employees of the plant to prepare for natural or man-made disasters.

"We try to look at any plausible type of situation, be it man-made, be it a natural disaster, disruption of business operations, loss of the supplier or anything else that may impact our business,” Rohrig said.

Rohrig and the Kentucky Office for Homeland Security were sharing ideas on how small to mid size businesses can come up with an emergency plan.

"Some recent figures came out that said more than 90 percent of small businesses think that preparing for an emergency is important, but only 39 percent are actually prepared in case something were to happen,” said Jason Keller, the deputy director of External Affairs for the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

Rohrig also said General Motors works with first responders, so both sides understand what will happen if there is an emergency.

"Just try to provide information on how our business can respond to it, how their operations are going to respond to it and help coordinate the activities to work through that,” Rohrig said.

"Businesses can be closed down for any amount of time and they need to prepare and plan before hand to be prepared in case they are shut down, or in case they suffer a shortage of workers,” Keller said.

The Kentucky Office for Homeland Security is hoping this information will give businesses the tools they need to keep their employees and companies safe.

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