This tip sheet explains the three steps involved in business continuity planning: respond to the crisis scenario, recover and regroup, and resume normal operations. It also addresses financial and IT protocols.
This tip sheet addresses business continuity planning for IT systems and outlines systems that need to be in place before you begin as well as IT protocols.
The purpose of the East St. Tammany Chamber’s Emergency Operation Plan is to provide a reasonable procedure to follow in the event of an emergency. The plan emphasizes safety awareness and being prepared for such an event. The priorities of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce in any emergency include: safety and well-being of employees and visitors; securing and restoring the Chamber and its working functions; and providing services to Chamber members as well as to the community.
The purpose of this Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan is to provide a systematic approach to prepare and to follow in the event of an emergency or disaster and the process of recovery. This plan has been developed to protect staff and visitors and to restore the critical business functions of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce.
The purpose of the Emergency Operations Plan is to provide a systematic approach to follow in the event of an emergency with an emphasis of ongoing safety awareness and preparedness in the work place. The order of priority for the Chamber in any emergency is: the safety and well-being of its employees; the securing and restoration of the Chamber’s headquarters; and providing services to Chamber members and the business community at large.
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On November 18, 2013, Central Illinois made national news. Unfortunately, it was due to the disaster that hit towns like Gifford and Washington, where residents and businesses lost everything. In partnership with the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce established a Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. The goal of this program was to prevent businesses in our community from becoming part of the following staggering statistics. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another twenty-five percent fail within the first year after a disaster. The US Small Business Administration indicates that it increases to ninety percent failure by the second year after a disaster.
This document contains information about the terms of the loan program and an application for small businesses that require financial assistance to deal with flood-related expenses. The forgiveable loan program was created by the chamber and the city councils of Iowa City and Coraville.
This policy recommendation Sample for “hardship memberships” and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has a proposed policy that is going through their governance structure and is pending approval, as of October 14, 2013. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance did extensive research on “hardship memberships” and found that many chambers do not have a hardship recommendation and for those that do, it is for a longstanding member and not publicly stated, or is based on a case-by-case basis. Following the 2008 Flood in Cedar Rapids, their chamber did establish an Associate Membership to businesses impacted by the flood, however this was only for new members. Membership was complimentary for the first year, increasing to $250 the second year and full dues the third year. For the current members, the chamber waived membership dues for one year upon the business’ request. Given the nature of the circumstance and timing of invoices, the chamber also asked those members not affected by the flood to “sponsor” a flood-affected business by paying an additional amount in dues
When disasters strike, chamber executives have no playbook to follow. But now, with the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Toolkit, chamber professionals can take steps to prepare for emergencies and learn whom to turn to and what to expect. The toolkit is a collection of articles, worksheets, samples and other resources designed to help you prepare for oncoming disasters and connect you with resources to speed your community’s recovery. (Updated September 2017)
This detailed 13-page Emergency Operations Plan includes preparations and instructions for a variety of types of emergencies, a template for storing employee and emergency contact information as well as internal and external communications plans.