Originally established for the manufacturing industry, Business Interruption Insurance has evolved into an essential risk transfer tool for all industries. Coverage provides resources that aid in recovery and can help get a company back on its feet quickly.
A small business owner ‘s restaurant in Mississippi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, leaving her with a blown-out ceiling, massive equipment damage and an un-salvageable building security system.
“The Business Interruption Insurance paid for the 23 days we were down,” Joy Hoda told the Insurance Information Institute. “Just by getting that money, it wasn’t so hard for us to make our payroll.”
It’s not to say that Joy did not sustain a loss; her Business Interruption Insurance reimbursed her for everything she would have made, minus any expenses the firm would have incurred. What the insurance allowed her to do was continue to pay her staff, meet her credit obligations and quickly reopen her business to help serve the people of her neighborhood.
Business Interruption Insurance doesn’t just assist small businesses in meeting payroll and bills during a crisis; according to data from the Institute for Business Home and Safety, 25 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster or interruption.
For larger businesses, Business Interruption Insurance can provide employees and shareholders peace of mind. Shareholders especially like to know a business’ profits are protected in case of fire, tornado, hurricane or other disaster.
In an area like ours, it is important to have Business Interruption Insurance that is scheduled seasonally. This means if you incur a loss during the summer season where you make most of your yearly income, you would be supported more by this policy than you would during the off season when you wouldn't lose as much for being closed. Not all policies are adapted to this seasonal lifestyle, but it can save your business and your livelihood in a time crisis.
Don’t wait until your business experiences a significant loss to consider this vital business insurance protection. Contact us to review how this type of coverage can fit into your overall business insurance portfolio.