More than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. Statistics show that one in four small businesses will experience a disruptive natural disaster and, of those, 43% won’t recover. It pays to take steps to prepare your chamber and your community for recovery from emergencies and disasters.
DisasterReady - Online learning community that provides humanitarian aid workers with free access to state-of-the-art e-learning courses and other training resources covering all aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Rebuilding Economies After Disaster - World Chambers Federation (ICC) list of projects and partnerships carried out by chambers of commerce to highlight the important work they undertake after disasters.
Calgary Chamber of Commerce was awarded the "Best unconventional project" in 2015 by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for its Business Recovery Task Force and work on post-flood recovery and business continuity from a devastating flood in June 2013. Thanks to the efforts of the chamber, more than 99% of local businesses were able to reopen and continue their activities.
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce (La.) won a 2017 ACE Award of Excellence for their LP BACK 2 BIZ Disaster Recovery Campaign, which promoted a positive message inspiring business and residents to stand strong and together to rebuild our community following the Great Flood of 2016.
Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund - This collaborative fund was established in part by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and provided a “hand up” to impacted businesses through triage grants to provide quick relief after the 2016 floods.