Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience


Communication is always compromised in a post-disaster situation. A breakdown in communication is cited as one of the most difficult barriers to overcome for the business community after a disaster has impacted their community. Browse these resources to learn more about communication pre and post-disaster.

Check out this page on developing a communication strategy.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

IEDC is proud to announce the release of a revised Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S…. …more

Disaster Resource Guide Publication

The Disaster Resource Guide is a source for crisis/emergency management and business continuity information. The GUIDE (2009/2010) features “Plans and Exercises to Build a Timely Communi… …more

Galveston Economic Recovery Assessment Technical Report

IEDC with support from BCLC sent a team of panel experts to assist Galveston, Texas in their economic recovery from Hurricane Ike in 2008. The team developed this report in January, 2009, Ga… …more

Webinar Recording – ‘Open for Business’: Crisis Communication

IEDC held a webinar December 11, 2014 titled ‘Open for Business’: Crisis Communication. Post-disaster communication is critical to ensure that your region’s economy is not hindered by neg… …more

Webinar Recording: How to Communicate Effectively Before and After a Crisis

On September 17, 2013, IEDC hosted a webinar on How to Communicate Effectively Before and After a Crisis with Kirstie Smith, Communications Director for the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and P… …more

Webinar: 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. …more