The morning of Sept. 9 started out as any other for Brian Garrison, owner of Garrison’s Home and Garrison’s Sleeper in Southern Oregon. Just a few hours later, he saw two of his four stores burned to the ground in a fire that swept through the Rogue Valley, Oregon.
Fortunately, Garrison and his business are doing OK.
“We had just finished a massive remodel (of the two stores that burned) two weeks ago,” said Garrison. “The stores looked so good, and sales (after the COVID-19 shutdown) were starting to improve. The staff was so proud, and we had so much positive energy.”
Garrison’s Home store sign. (Photo: Handout)
Increasingly, small businesses are victims of natural disasters – whether it’s fires, hurricanes and tropical storms, floods or blizzards. Emergency preparedness now needs to be part of your business plan.
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