Estimates Total Potential Impact at More than 5% of Businesses in the U.S.

D&B (NYSE: DNB) has released a free search tool available at that allows identification of businesses located in the 19 counties in the Eastern United States identified by FEMA as most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This information will help organizations begin to assess their exposure to financial and business continuity risk resulting from the storm.

Drawing from its unparalleled data sources and working with FEMA, D&B has identified roughly 1.5 million businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that account for the worst potential impact. People will be able to search by company name or D-U-N-S ® Number to identify if an organization is located in the affected region. The search tool will provide information on which companies are in the impact zone but cannot provide on-demand detailed reports due to conditions in the region.

The complete list of potentially impacted businesses in the region is also available to D&B customers upon request from their D&B account representative or by contacting D&B customer service.

“Our thoughts are with all the impacted people as they begin to stabilize and rebuild,” said Josh Peirez, President, Product, Innovation and Marketing. ” This event has far-reaching effects that will have an effect on business for months and years to come. As we’ve done in previous disaster situations, we are making our data available to the general public in order to help companies who are seeking to better understand how this will impact them in the short and long term.” Organizations interested in the extent of impact to a specific business can purchase an investigation from D&B.

D&B is continually monitoring the situation and will continue to work with FEMA to narrow down the scope of potentially impacted businesses.

Source: D&B Press Release