The fallout from Hurricane Irene in August is still a reality for some businesses in central New Jersey. Flooding soaked businesses from New Brunswick to Pennington, closed operations at retail outlets such as Ski Barn in Lawrenceville. The economic damages to businesses in the region are estimated in the millions.

The Somerset County Business Partnership hopes to better prepare area business owners for the next catastrophe, whether man-made or natural, with “Disaster Proofing Your Business,” a workshop focusing on methods to assure rapid recovery from a disaster, on Wednesday, November 2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Business Partnership, 360 Grove Street, Bridgewater. Cost: $30. Call 908-218-4300.

Specific issues to be addressed include safeguarding critical data; regaining access to E-mail and data; re-establishing communications with staff and clients; and dos and don’ts based on real world experience.

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