Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Brief: Practical Advice for Transitioning to Recovery

Once a disaster strikes, chances are you are being pulled in multiple directions and uncertain where to devote attention first with limited time available for research. The disaster response phase can be overwhelming and emotionally draining for leaders who are not only worried about their families and homes but also their communities.

It is important to realize that you and your community are not alone in the response and recovery efforts. Economic developers and other community leaders who have been in your shoes have shared their knowledge of what has worked, recommended strategies to employ, and offered support for other disaster affected communities.

During this extremely difficult period, IEDC has created a short list of strategies for your economic development organization (EDO) to consider implementing as your community transitions from the response to recovery stages. A short summary of the strategy is listed in this paper with links to websites and publications that include additional information and resources.

Information covered in the briefing includes:

  • Establishing a Business Re-entry System
  • Setting up a Business Recovery Center or Case Management Program
  • Communications During the Transition
  • Developing Lists of Resources
  • Putting Businesses Back to Work
  • Assessing the Impacts of the Disaster
  • Emergency Financing for Small Businesses
  • Accessing Federal and State Resources
  • Resources for Recovery

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Acknowledgement

This briefing was accomplished through the U.S. Economic Development Administration Austin Regional Office, Project No. 08-06-05058. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This briefing is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, which focuses on providing resources in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.