Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience


The free IEDC Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery webinar series is a yearly series that provides practical information on key topics for economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. Each seminar hosts economic recovery practitioners with real world experience and leadership in the subject matter. Each seminar will feature efforts made in disaster-impacted communities. Attend these interactive sessions to learn how your organization can be better equipped to handle a major disruption – whether caused by natural or manmade events.

Each webinar consists of two parts – a full hour of instruction by speakers followed by a 30 minute Q&A period. The webinars are available at no-cost, thanks to grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). To download any of the previously recorded webinars, please visit our webinar archives page.


Upcoming Webinars

Securing Capital for Recovery and Redevelopment – August 25, 2:30-4:00 ET

In 2015, there were 10 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. Rebuilding and redeveloping communities after these costly and less costly events makes many communities realize they are not aware, or not prepared, to secure capital for redevelopment. Don’t be caught off-guard when a crisis hits – attend this webinar to explore both public and private capital sources and learn from real-life examples of how communities secured capital to start rebuilding.

Chuck Wemple, Chief Operations Officer, Houston-Galveston Area Council
John R. Zakian, CEcD, Principal, Zakian Consulting

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Building Resilience in Rural and Small Communities – October 13, 2:30-4:00 ET

As a rural or small community, a disaster or crisis that impacts a few businesses can have a larger economic effect compared to bigger cities because of the smaller economy. Rural communities can also face issues of capacity and funding of disaster preparedness activities. Attend this webinar to learn how to build resilience in your rural community through strategies of disaster preparedness and economic recovery tailored to the realities of smaller communities.

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Guiding Your Community Image and Brand Through A Disasters – December 8, 2:30-4:00 ET

After a disaster, the images of destruction in your community can be powerful messages of the impact and demonstration of need for assistance in recovery. These images can also though cause serious damage to a community image or brand, especially for areas that rely on tourism. If visitors, or even your neighbors, constantly see your area in a light of destruction, your community image and brand can be hurt. Join this webinar to learn how to strengthen your communications strategy to ensure your community image and brand are strong and resilient, which can help build resilience in your economy as well.

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