Disasters often strike with little or no warning, and the damage can be staggering. In addition to the dramatic social and humanitarian consequences a disaster can cause, communities can also experience sudden economic losses and dislocation.
In disaster-impacted communities, economic development organizations (EDOs) and chambers of commerce often lead economic recovery efforts by helping local businesses respond to impacted employees, facilities, customers, and supply networks. They have the existing relationships with local businesses, which are crucial during and after a major event as communication channels have become disruptive and chaotic. They can also facilitate a strategic planning process for economic recovery and work on recovery actions by coordinating involvement and leverage resources from the business community.
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