Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

2012 Webinar Series


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December 5, 2012 – How to Engage Local Businesses in Critical Disaster Preparation Activities

This webinar features the Charleston Metro Chamber Business efforts to assist businesses in business continuity efforts. Learn how to effectively recruit local businesses in preparation activities, such as developing a business continuity plan, so that they increase their resilience to the negative impacts of such an event.

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November 9, 2012 – Prioritizing Economic Recovery Actions Following a Major Disaster

IEDC hosted a webinar featuring two organizations serving on the ground in economic recovery efforts following major disasters: 1) an EF-5 tornado which touched down in May 2011, devastating 1/3 of Joplin, Missouri and 2) Jefferson Parish (next to New Orleans) which was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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October 24, 2012 – Initiatives to Protect Community Assets From Disaster

Learn how Florida communities are taking initiatives to involve local businesses in a discussion of land-use decisions and redevelopment in the event of a disaster. Learn how to perform an economic vulnerability analysis to see what companies or industries are more vulnerable to disasters within your community, and how to create an action plan to spur economic resiliency within your community.

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September 19th, 2012 – Financing Tools for Retention of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses After a Disaster

This webinar provided the lessons learned in developing and delivering financial programs for impacted small and medium-sized businesses after a major incident.

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July 30th, 2012 – Strategies to Spur Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities

This webinar highlights best practice examples of how to prepare your organization and your business community to be more resilient in the wake of a disaster, providing case examples from rural-based communities. It features lessons learned from Joplin, Missouri and its recovery from an EF5 tornado on May 22, 2011 as well as catastrophic flooding in Minot, North Dakota on June 25, 2011.

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The 2012 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).