Business Preparation & Support During Storms

September 4, 2019

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is an extension of NC Dept. of Commerce. They are here to help answer questions about your business before, during and after a storm.

Contact BLNC at 800-228-8443 or email them at

Please note that if electricity is lost, you will be unable to get through. You can instead submit a web request here.


Business Recovery Intake Form

Please use the download link below in order to save and fill out the Business Recovery Intake Form. Once the form is complete, email your .pdf file to We ask that you include “Business Recovery Intake Form” in the email subject line.

Download the Business Recovery Intake Form


Top 5 Things To Do Before a Storm:


1. Stay Calm – Locate your business insurance policy, phone number, and agent.

2. Gather Important Documents – This includes any files not online, such as client agreements.

3. Have an Alternate Location – Make arrangements for an alternate location and update staff and customers.

4. Communicate – Internal/External: Out of office information and when you will provide next updates.

a. Do you have an updated list of employees/part-time employees emails and cell phone numbers?

b. Do you have a client list of emails and phone numbers?

c. Review all coming and going shipments, and make arrangements.

5. Gather Office Equipment – This can include cell phones, chargers (car and electrical chargers), laptops and/or thumb drives.


Remember, keep things simple. Write down your plan, share it with another person and obtain help.


Helpful Links


NC Emergency Management –

NC Department of Transportation –

NC Department of Insurance –

Federal preparedness and recovery website –

SBA Disaster Preparedness –

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety –

Recovery Guides and Resources –

NC Department of Public Safety Public Housing –

U.S. Department of Agriculture –