American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives mission is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. They provide a wealth of disaster and planning resources on their website, including a Chambers-to-Chambers section which seeks to connect chambers in disaster areas with other chambers who are able to help.

Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)

The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is a major effort of The Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and operated by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in conjunction with a variety of other federal, regional, state, and local partners. provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster. If the President of the United States makes help available to individuals in your community after a disaster, you can visit this site to apply online. This site helps you learn what might be available to you from 17 government agencies and will assist in shortening the time and number of forms you need to fill out for federal assistance.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

IEDC is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively through training, conferences, advisory services and research, and publications.

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

NADO provides advocacy, education, networking and research for regional development organizations primarily serving small metropolitan and rural regions, including advocacy for federal programs and policies that promote regional strategies and solutions for addressing local community and economic development needs.

National Working Waterfront Network

The National Working Waterfront Network increases the capacity of coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of working waterfronts and waterways. This site hosts resources such as The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit, a web-based information portal that contains a wealth of information about the historical and current use of waterfront space, the economic value of working waterfronts, and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas.

NOAA’s National Weather Center

NOAA has dispatched one of its highly specialized aircraft to collect atmospheric data over the North Pacific Ocean to enhance forecasts of storms for the entire North American continent.

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

A component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, the NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards.

Ready Business

Ready Business outlines measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready in the event of a disaster. It provides practical steps and easy-to-use templates to help you plan for your company’s future, including more detailed business continuity and disaster preparedness information. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Citizenship Center

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The U.S. Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center features resources on disaster response, among other topics, that may be of interest.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s CDBG Disaster Assistance Program

HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations.

U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs)

National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), formerly known as National Emergency Grants (NEGs), are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor, under Section 170 of WIOA. DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses. Disaster DWGs provide funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster is declared eligible for public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or otherwise recognized by a Federal agency with authority or jurisdiction over Federal response to the emergency or disaster.

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Program

The Office of Disaster Assistance’s mission is to provide low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.


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