New program helps businesses recover from natural disasters
A natural disaster strikes – not only are the effects devastating to the environment, but if you run a business, a bad storm can wreck you and your company financially.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is rolling out a new initiative with the Disaster Prepared Resident program and Public-Private Partnership programs to help Dallas communities return to a sense of normal faster after a disaster. This program is geared toward businesses of all sizes to help them answer the inevitable, “now what?” after a catastrophic event. The program is designed to help those in the private sector have the tools, communication strategies and resources necessary to contact employees, suppliers and customers and to get back to business.
According to FEMA estimates, 40 percent of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster and more than 60 percent of those that do recover fail within two years. This means that just 20 percent of small businesses survive these crisis situations. OEM is working with the Chambers of Commerce and industry professional groups for their input so that Dallas’s business community is more than just a statistic if disaster strikes.
For more information on this program, contact Rhonda Simpson at [email protected].