Practical Advice for Transitioning to Recovery
When disaster strikes, it can be hard to determine what needs your attention first. 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. Economic developers and other community leaders who have been in your shoes have shared their knowledge, recommended strategies, and offered support for other recovering communities. To provide support during this challenging 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. In this paper are short summaries of each strategy, with links to websites and publications that include additional information and resources.
Strategies covered include:
- Establishing a business re-entry system - Setting up a business recovery center or case management program - Communications during transition - Developing a list of resources - Assessing disaster impacts - Emergency financing for businesses - Accessing federal and state resources
Acknowledgements The U.S. Economic Development Administration Austin Regional Office, grant project no. 08-06-05058, funded this briefing. 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 that focuses on providing resources for disaster preparedness and economic recovery for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas