It’s Hurricane Season. Is Your Small Business Ready?

BMP for Small Manufacturing BusinessesBy John Martin

New York’s 528 miles of shoreline helps make it such a beautiful, livable city, but it also presents a growing challenge. The hard lesson learned from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy is that climate change is making storms more severe, putting more lives and livelihoods at risk than ever before.

Among Sandy’s many unfortunate effects was the large amount of toxic materials that were spilled and released into the environment due to the storm’s flooding and high winds. Since powerful storms like Sandy are now more likely than ever, it’s critical for small manufacturers to make sure potentially harmful chemicals are properly stored. By safeguarding toxic materials, small businesses can help make sure their communities are protected the next time disaster strikes.

The EPA has worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to compile an easy-to-read Best Management Practices (BMPs) guide to help small businesses make sure they’re prepared for the next large storm. The document highlights good housekeeping practices, and provides information about environmentally preferable products and services that help reduce energy and water consumption, and better manage solid waste. Additionally, the BMPs and a companion quick tips document discuss the importance of creating an environmental management program to ensure that small businesses operate in an ongoing safe and sustainable manner.

For more information on the EPA Region 2 P2 Toxics Mitigation Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region2/p2/other_p2_prog_init_actv.html#other_programs

To learn more about how your small business can be more prepared for the next storm, click on the following links and download each document.

EPA’s Best Management Practices to Mitigate Toxics and Implement a Greening Program for Small Manufacturing Businesses: http://www.epa.gov/region02/p2/documents/bmps_for_small_manufacturing_businesses.pdf

The Quick Tips Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses on Reducing Toxic Releases Related to Storm Events: http://www.epa.gov/region02/p2/documents/quick_tips_guide_for_businesses.pdf

Making a Visible Difference in Communities. A pollution prevention guide to improving hazardous material management procedures: http://www.epa.gov/region2/p2/p2_communities.html