The Hartford to Sponsor Disaster Workshop for Conn. Business

October 5, 2001

The Hartford will team up with the Small Business Administration to sponsor a course in emergency preparedness entitled “Surviving Beyond Disaster,” on Thursday, October 11 at its world headquarters, 690 Asylum St. in Hartford.

The two-and-a-half hour seminar will focus on ways Connecticut’s small and mid-sized business owners can prepare for a natural or man-made disaster. The Hartford’s loss control experts John Kauffman and Dave Fortin will detail the elements of an effective emergency plan, from employee safety and hazard assessment to business continuity and communication strategies.

“The tragic events of September 11th have made it clear that catastrophes can happen without warning at any time,” stated Stephen Sullivan, VP of Hartford’s loss control services. He also noted that according to recent study by the Gartner group “60 percent of businesses are underprepared for disasters, and 40 percent of companies that experience a disaster go out of business within five years.”

Attendance at the seminar is free, but Hartford advised people who are interested to sign up for preregistration, as seating is limited. Registration can be made by phone at: 860-240-4700, ext.226; by e-mail

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