Businesses in Western Massachusetts can do a lot to get ready for the potential hazards they may face. Hazards can range from natural hazards like floods and winter storms to and illness and infectious diseases like the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. There are also technology-related hazards like the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software. Business Ready will assist businesses in Western Massachusetts in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.