Given the number of natural disasters in North America alone recently, in October, BCBusiness asked Mustel Group to survey provincial businesses on how prepared they are. Of the 203 owners contacted, “four in 10 think that they do have a plan, but still that leaves six in 10 that have no plans, formal or informal,” notes principal Evi Mustel. Those in the Interior, which saw both floods and fires in 2017, were the most likely to have a strategy for keeping their business operating in an emergency: 62.5 per cent, compared to 26.5 per cent on the Island/coast and 40.1 per cent in Metro Vancouver.

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