Not only are coastal businesses vulnerable to storms and flooding, they play an important role in the recovery and redevelopment of communities after disasters. The Resilient Business Network promotes the engagement of the private sector in coastal disaster recovery planning.
“The value of the Resilient Business Network is that it allows us to copy the good work of others. We learned so much from our colleagues who had been through a worst-case disaster scenario… After Hurricane Matthew, a local business called us to say that initially she thought she would not reopen but the fact that she had updates from us and attended our seminars gave her at least a semblance of a plan that she could come back. This can’t be stated enough: there is a window of opportunity for businesses to rebound and recover. We have to educate our businesses.”
-Brad Dean, CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Through research and outreach, the Resilient Business Network is identifying and communicating strategies for business involvement in disaster recovery planning and public-private partnerships in disaster recovery.
The Network’s leadership team includes representatives from Anderson Insurance, Atlantic Business Continuity Services, Verizon, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Ports Authority, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, and North Carolina and South Carolina’s emergency management divisions.
We welcome new members into the Network. Our network includes businesses, chambers of commerce, industry organizations, economic developers, and liaisons to the public sector located in the Southeast. There are no fees or commitments for membership, but members with a special interest in leading resilience initiatives in the private sector are encouraged to join the Network’s leadership team. Participation in the leadership team includes a commitment to regular communication and advising on Network activities.
Please contact Amanda Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.